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FIELD RECORDINGS IN ARCHIVES: Preservation and Related Issues—
A Continuing Dialogue


Crandall Library Center for Folklife, Glens Falls
November 28, 2001

Association for Cultural Equity, New York City
April 26, 2001

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Field Recordings in Archives: Preservation and Related Issues—A Continuing Dialogue

Co-sponsored by the Center for Folklife at the Crandall Public Library and the Southern Adirondack Library System
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2001
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Center for Folklife, History and Cultural Programs
    Crandall Public Library
    Glen Falls, NY
    518/792-6508 x 103
The Center for Folklife, History and Cultural Programs at the Crandall Public Library hosted a successful forum on November 28, co-sponsored by the New York Folklore Society and the Southern Adirondack Library System. Anna Chairetakis and the staff of the Alan Lomax Archive at the Association for Cultural Equity in New York City came upstate to talk about the issues they face in preserving and providing access to the enormous collection of songcatcher Alan Lomax. Entitled “Preserving and Promoting,” they discussed topics such as Alan Lomax and his work, sound preservation, licensing and copyright issues, access and promotion of works in the collection, public database access, and successful genealogy use to track down musicians and heirs for copyright payments. In attendance was a nice group of librarians, archivists, and folklorists. In conjunction, the Center for Folklife has mounted a fascinating exhibition of Alan Lomax’s field photography from the American South, Italy, Spain, and the West Indies, that is open for public viewing through January 15, 2002. It is good to see this underappreciated aspect of Alan Lomax’s fieldwork get its due. The attendees came from as far away as Buffalo and the North Country, which was very rewarding for us.

Congratulations to the Association again for the Number 1 record of the soundtrack Oh, Brother Where Art Thou, which features songs from the Lomax Collection, and for winning album of the year from the CMA’s Country Music Awards along with best song. This is a triumph for roots music, as this record had no serious air play, and is approaching triple platinum sales.



Field Recordings in Archives: Preservation and Related Issues

Hosted by Anna Chairetakis and the staff of the Association for Cultural Equity
  • Thursday, April 26, 2001
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Association for Cultural Equity
    450 West 41st Street, Sixth Floor
    New York, NY 10036
    212/268-4623

The Alan Lomax Archives site contains many valuble resource links for preservation, copyright issues and licensing. Many thanks to Anna and her outstanding staff in hosting one of the best NYFS Forums ever.


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