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National Recorded Sound Preservation Study and Plan

As mandated by Public Law 106-474 in 2000, The Library of Congress, in consultation with the National Recording Preservation Board, conducted a study on the current state of recorded sound preservation at that time.

The goal of the study was to raise public and private recognition of the importance of recorded sound preservation by developing a comprehensive national recording preservation program. In addition, the program would allow the Library, in consultation with the National Recording Preservation Board, to identify initiatives to help solve the challenges faced by the various stakeholders.

Public hearings were held in Los Angeles on November 29, 2006, and New York City in December 19, 2006, to gather information for a study about the current state of recorded sound preservation and restoration in the United States. Written testimony was also gathered. The results of the study were used to draft a comprehensive plan for a national audio preservation program.

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