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 [email protected] Please include the full names and web addresses of the organizations.)
  • Video Tutorials Exiftool Tutorial Series Four-part series of videos created by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions geared toward improving digital preservation workflows but also applicable to other audio applications.
  • Preservation & Assessment Tools Preservation Research Projects The Library of Congress pursues preservation research with an aim to forward the National Preservation Research Agenda for the Human Record. Library staff members have published extensively on a wide range of research topics.
  • History These resources provide historical background for the business and technology behind recorded sound.
  • Blogs & Oral Histories This collection of links highlights some related blogs that discuss topics closely related to the National Recording Preservation Plan's mission.
  • Education & Training University Degree Programs. The following organizations, colleges and universities offer programs and classes tailored towards recorded sound preservation and related subjects.
  • Guide to Vintage Audio Formats The Visual Guide to Audio Formats indentifies and describes many of the physical audio formats that have been created since the 1890s. Each entry includes photographs highlighting distinguishing characteristics, general period of use, and terminology associated with the item. This Guide will be updated regularly.
  • Vintage Manuals, Brochures, Catalogs, & Reports The following scans of audio equipment manuals, brochures, catalogs, reports and other documents are presented for reference use. Please note, some information may be out of date.
  • Photos of Contemporary Audio Equipment The contemporary audio recording, transfer and playback equipment shown in this series of photos are currently in use at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Preservation.
  • Photos of Vintage Audio Equipment Amplifiers, playback machines, recorders, microphones and other devices from earlier periods.
  • Photos of Vintage Radios Vintage radio models, original for use in the home.
  • Helpful Links Additional resources for audio cataloging and preservation.
  • Vintage Publications The NRPB has begun providing access to historical audio magazines and journals on Archive.org. Full runs of trade magazine “Phonogram”; the Edison advertising circular “Phonogram” (second series) and the collectors’s magazine “Phonograph Monthly Review” are now available. Collectors’ magazine “Hillandale News” is currently in process. Future resources may include biographical articles of pioneer recording artists, original record catalogs, or rock and roll and pop...