About This Program

The National Recording Preservation Plan has been devised to provide a blueprint to "implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program," as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000.

News & Events

Oregon State Archives Unlocks "Ancient" Audio

August 11, 2014

The Discographer Magazine Volume 1, No. 6 External

July 28, 2014

World IP Day…Taking Stock of the Archives and Archivists… External

Motion Picture Association of America

April 26, 2014

World IP Day is a day to celebrate movies, music and other creative works as well as all those who create these works.

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Publications & Reports

The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan
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The National Recording Preservation Plan has been devised to provide a blueprint to "implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program," as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000. Congress specified that the program established by the Librarian of Congress under this legislation "shall ... increase accessibility of sound recordings for educational purposes." Preserved recordings can benefit the public only if they are made available for listening. Technological, institutional, and legal impediments to broadened access create daunting challenges for the national preservation effort. This plan identifies the audio field's most important preservation and access problems and offers recommendations for surmounting them.

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Tools & Resources

Related Resources

The following is a list of organizations that deal, at least partially, with issues related to recorded sound preservation. (This list does not purport to be exhaustive. Suggestions of additional organizations should be sent to recplan@loc.gov. Please include the full names and web addresses of the organizations.

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Collections Management

Sample Contracts & Donor Agreements

Several sample agreements are provided below to facilitate the acquisition by museums, archives and libraries of recorded sound materials from private collectors, recording studios, record companies, radio stations, private businesses, and other entities.

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Contact Us

Comments, questions and suggestions related to the National Recording Preservation Plan and this web site can be sent to us online.

Address:

National Recording Preservation Board
Library of Congress
19053 Mt. Pony Road
Culpeper, VA 22701-7551

Phone:

202-707-0394