Answered By: Alison Carrick
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2014     Views: 55

Pre-interviews were conducted by Blackside, Inc. staff during the making of the company's documentaries. Pre-interviews were usually conducted over the telephone and recorded on audiotape. The goal was general research and also to help decide whether to conduct a filmed interview with the subject later. While Blackside staff obtained permission to make these recordings, they did not obtain clearance to distribute them. Consequently, it is legally impossible for Washington University to copy or distribute pre-interviews without receiving permission from the interviewee, though many of these recordings can be listened to on the Archive's premises.
 
In some cases, individual interviewees have granted permission to make their pre-interview(s) available. Please contact Archive staff for more information.  

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