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greg stephens 20 Mar 04 - 04:51 AM
Eugene Judge 20 Mar 04 - 10:44 AM
wysiwyg 20 Mar 04 - 11:21 AM
JohnInKansas 20 Mar 04 - 04:11 PM
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Subject: Library of Congress compilation
From: greg stephens
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 04:51 AM

Havent seen a thread on this, if there is one already, sorry. Apparently(Guardian today, sorry cant do clickies) the Library of Congress has decided to store a selection of historic recordings, going back to 1888. Interesting selection, not only music. Any selection with vess Ossman,Amadee Ardoin and Dennis McGee, Leadbelly, Jelly Roll Morton Bob Wills has to have something going for it. the inclusion of John Kirkpatrick seemed at first sight surprising, but closer inspection reveals this is an American composer, not our very own melodeon man.
    You get a little bit of Britain (the Beatles, a famous popular music "group"). What I find weird and inexplicable is the fact there is no Louis Armstrong, surely the most influential American musician over the history of recorded sound, by miles.
    What think you? Can anyone do a link?

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Subject: RE: Library of Congress compilation
From: Eugene Judge
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 10:44 AM

Here's the link to the Guardian article,11711,1173982,00.html

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Subject: RE: Library of Congress compilation
From: wysiwyg
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 11:21 AM

Wonder if the LOC got bit by the copyright mess and could not get permissions for the Louis Armstrong material?


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Subject: RE: Library of Congress compilation
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 20 Mar 04 - 04:11 PM

The list published by the Guardian appears to be "this year's selection" of items to be added to an ongoing archive. Quite likely, Louis is already represented – or will be in a coming selection.

I believe what the Guardian is talking about is the "Save Our Sounds" project, that you can see at:

Save Our Sounds:
America's Recorded Sound Heritage Project
A Save America's Treasures Project of the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress

"The American Folklife Center provides presentations of selected ethnographic collections online, with recordings, images, and text, through the Library of Congress American Memory Project. These provide examples of the types of collections the Save Our Sounds project hopes to preserve."

There's a link on the above page to the "Save Our Sounds" website managed by the Smithsonian, at, that has descriptions of "what's to be saved," although I don't find anything that tells what's been archived, or how frequently items are selected for addition to the archive. The Guardian implies that they make an "annual selection."

If you poke around a bit at the SOS site, they make reference to stuff already in collections, but on unstable or deteriorating media, that is being transferred to stable "archival" (digital?) formats. Much of the stuff on the old media has been released, or is more or less "available," but needs to be converted for long term retention. The Guardian list appears to be just the selection of items to be converted this year(?).

(Folk who haven't found it might like to check out the American Folklife Center site for other things of interest.)


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