About the Association of Personal Historians
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
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:
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.
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The APH annual conference, now renamed "The Life Story Symposium," will be held September 24-27, 2017, at the Intercontinental Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. The keynote speaker will be radio journalist Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio. For more details, see our upcoming conference page.