About the Association of Personal Historians

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The Association of Personal Historians sets professional standards and provides professional development for the world's personal historians. APH promotes personal history around the world in the belief that the story of every person, family, community, and organization is valuable and should be recorded and shared.

Since 1995, APH has grown to more than 600 members worldwide who have backgrounds in fields as varied as journalism, publishing, broadcasting, social work, education, law, medicine, and graphic design. APH members work with their clients to preserve stories in a variety of forms, including audio, video, print, and online story-sharing formats.

Our Mission Statement

The Association of Personal Historians supports its members in recording, preserving, and sharing life stories of people, families, communities, and organizations around the world.

Our Major Goals

  • Energetically market the concept of personal history, and APH as the premier professional organization.
  • Improve member services to increase the value we deliver to our members.
  • Continue to improve APH's ability to thrive, through better communications, administration, operations, and financial stability.

Our Code of Ethics 

All members of the Association of Personal Historians must agree that they will adhere to APH’s Code of Ethics, which states the core values of our profession. To protect the integrity of the profession and safeguard the interests of individual clients and narrators, all members are expected to:

  • Conduct business according to impeccable standards of fairness and integrity.
  • Represent honestly their qualifications, background, and professional affiliations.
  • Provide clients with the highest quality of service possible.
  • Work diligently and with reasonable promptness.
  • Abide by agreements with clients and narrators, establishing new agreements as necessary.
  • Act in the best interests of the client, narrator, and profession, avoiding both violations of intellectual property rights (including copyright) and conflicts of interest, activity, or influence.
  • Respect the inherent worth of all persons.
  • Respect clients’ and narrators’ wishes about privacy, confidentiality, and nondisclosure.
  • Respect the right of clients and narrators to hold values, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions that differ from their own.
  • Respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.
  • Act honorably toward other members of the profession and the field as a whole.

This code of ethics was adopted by the APH Board of Directors on November 1, 2005, and revised in March 2013. Our members set their own fees and policies. The Association of Personal Historians Inc. cannot be held liable for the performance of any Personal Historian.