September 20, 2002 Public Nominations Sought for Inaugural (2002) National Recording Registry

Press Contact: Craig D’Ooge (202) 707-9189

The Library of Congress is seeking nominations of sound recordings to the National Recording Registry. In accordance with the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-474), Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will name culturally, historically or aesthetically significant sound recordings to the National Recording Registry. The Act sets forth a program to ensure the preservation of our heritage in sound and includes the establishment of the National Recording Preservation Board and National Recording Preservation Foundation, in addition to founding the Registry in the Library of Congress.

Nominated sound recordings must be culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States. They must also be at least ten years old. A complete listing of the criteria, as well as further information about the Registry and the National Recording Preservation Board, may be found at the National Recording Preservation Board Web site: The deadline for nominations this year is Nov. 1.

All nominations should include the recording artist(s), title and record label name/number for published recordings, or a brief but specific description for unpublished and broadcast recordings. Nominations should also include a very brief justification. Individuals may submit up to ten registry nominations per year. Nominations must be submitted in writing via the Web site registry nomination form or by delivery to the following address: National Recording Registry c/o M/B/RS, Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-4698.

Due to delays in the USPS mail delivery to Capitol Hill, the submission of nominations by e-mail or private services is preferred.


PR 02-131
ISSN 0731-3527