Frequently Asked Questions
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As more and more of America's "Greatest Generation" pass away from us, many of the stories that we enjoyed as family and friends have passed with them. These people, who, at an accelerating rate, grow fewer with each passing day, deserve to have their stories told and it is an honor and a privilege to be a small part of that. While these stories may never be included in a history book, they allow us a personal view of the people and events that shaped this nation. This project was created as a means to preserve the priceless history of the men and women involved in America's effort to win World War II, whether in the military or on the home front, and has been extended to include many topics such as:
- Veterans of WWII
- WWII Civilian Defense Employees
- Veterans of Subsequent Wars and Conflicts
- The Civil Rights Movement
- Louisiana Musical Pioneers
- Oil and Gas Industry Entrepreneurs
- Local Community Leaders
Most interviews are conducted at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. For information regarding the interview process, click here to contact us or call (318) 865-4201 ext. 122.
No, the Project is ongoing. However, it is often important to record these stories as soon as possible while the memories are still clear.
The Release Form gives the R.W. Norton Art Foundation the right to use the information collected as necessary to make it available to the public in a variety of ways such as:
- Magazine Articles
- Historical Research
- Website Presentation
- Public Presentations
CLIENT RELEASE FORM
I hereby grant to the R. W. Norton Art Foundation ownership of the physical property delivered to the Foundation and the right to use the property that is the product of my participation (for example, my interview, performance, photographs, and documentary materials including written materials) as stated above. By giving permission, I understand that I do not give up any copyright or performance rights that I may hold.
I also grant to the R. W. Norton Art Foundation my absolute and irrevocable consent for any photograph(s) provided by me or taken of me in the course of my participation in the OHP to be used, published, and copied by the R. W. Norton Art Foundation and its assignees in any medium.
I agree that the R. W. Norton Art Foundation may use my name, video or photographic image or likeness, statements, performance and voice reproduction, or other sound effects without further approval on my part.
I release the R. W. Norton Art Foundation, and its assignees and designees, from any and all claims and demands arising out of or in connection with the use of such recordings, documents and artifacts, including but not limited to, any claims for defamation, invasion of privacy or right of publicity.
The only information that will appear on the online Oral History Project database are the name, date and place of birth, and service history (if applicable). Social Security Account Numbers, home addresses, and phone numbers are not available to the public.
An Audio CD and a written transcript is given to the interviewee free of charge. Additional copies are available for a small fee to family members and other individuals with the permission of the interviewee. Information about the request process and current associated fees is available by contacting us.
Select SEARCH THE DATABASE and use the various criteria to narrow the field of your inquiry. You may conduct searches by the following criteria: name, search topic (see list), branch of service, unit (such as battalion, regiment, ship, etc.) and gender
You may also search for key words in the transcript however the transcripts themselves are not available online.
Images may be viewed directly and image captions are searchable.
Yes! The Oral History Project collects stories and materials from the homefront as well as from the battlefield. Any wartime veteran or U.S. citizen civilian who was actively involved in supporting war efforts has a story.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery does not verify the accuracy of these accounts. The opinions expressed in the interviews are those of the interviewee only and are made available to the public with his or her express consent.