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Program National Recording Preservation Board

About This Program

Each year since 2002, the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Recording Registry. The depth and breadth of nominations received highlights the richness of the nations'' audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.

Explore the Registry

Wondering if something is on the Registry? Find out!

Nominate Recordings for the Registry

We are now accepting nominations for the 2024 Recording Registry.

This Month's Question

This album’s moody black and white cover photo was taken by Robert Mapplethorpe, a longtime friend of the artist. What was the album?

“Horses”—Patti Smith (1975)