Library of Congress Presents National Recording Preservation Plan

Feb 14, 2013 3:50 PM

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The recommendations were developed by task forces that included experts from public and private institutions across the country in the fields of law, audio preservation, library/archive management, business, digital technology and cultural history.

The plan recommends that the board take responsibility for shepherding the recommendations forward.

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A 1953 model Ampex 350 (at left) and 1949 model Ampex 300. Archives often collect vintage machines for spare parts to keep enough of them operational in order to sustain preservation work.

“The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan” follows on the fulfillment of other mandates that Congress assigned to its Library in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Those mandates included establishment of the National Recording Preservation Board in 2002; annual announcements of the National Recording Registry starting in 2003; the publication of five landmark studies from 2005 to 2009 on issues affecting sound-recording preservation and access; and publication in 2010 of “The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age.”

Download The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan and the 2010 report, The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its vast collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its Website at www.loc.gov.






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