Tools & Resources

  • Online Resources Useful information about sound related resources around the world, including published articles, notable sound archives and major sound-related publications.
  • Audio Storage at the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus The collection storage facilities of the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC), headquartered at the Library's Packard Campus near Culpeper, Virginia, are located in a former underground bunker that had once served as a cold-war era continuity of operations (COOP) site for the US Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Located 75 miles southwest of Washington, DC, the Packard Campus was constructed on...
  • Major Audio Collections at the Library of Congress The Library of Congress holds the nation's largest public collection of sound recordings (music and spoken word) and radio broadcasts, some 3.5 million recordings in all. Recordings represent over 110 years of sound recording history in nearly every sound recording format and cover a wide range of subjects and genres in considerable depth and breadth.
  • Video Tutorials Exiftool Tutorial Series A Look Inside the National Jukebox Preseving Audio Cylinders The Lingering Legacy of Common Law Copyright Designing a Quality Audio Suite ARSC Presentations AES Presentations The Life of an Audio Engineer at the Library of Congress Additional Resources Exiftool Tutorial Series Four-part series of videos created by AudioVisual Preservation Solutions geared toward improving digital preservation workflows but also applicable to other...
  • 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.
  • Education & Training University Degree Programs. The following organizations, colleges and universities offer programs and classes tailored towards recorded sound preservation and related subjects.
  • Vintage Audio Formats and Equipment Information Additional resources for audio cataloging and preservation.
  • Historical Background These resources provide historical background for the business and technology behind recorded sound.
  • Solve These Mystery Photos Around 2015, the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress acquired a huge collection of show business-related publicity stills from a long-time vendor/collector out of New Jersey. This collection, known as the “Unshredded Nostalgia Collection” is 30,000 images strong. It fills 36 full-size filing cabinets at the Library.