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Digital Conversion Unit

University Library
The University of Michigan

Care of Historical Sound Recordings

Sources for Further Reading


Bogart, John Van. Magnetic tape storage and handling: A guide for libraries and archives
Washington, DC: Commission on Preservation and Access, 1995. (Also online here:

Byers, Fred R. Care and handling of CDs and DVDs: A guide for librarians and archivists. Washington, D.C. :
Council on Library and Information Resources, 2003. (Also online here: )

Gibson, Gerald D. "Preservation and conservation of sound recordings." In Conserving and preserving materials
in non-book formats. Ed. Henderson, Kathryn Luther; Henderson, William T., 27-44. Urbana-Champaign,
Illinois: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduate School of Library and Information Science,

McWilliams, Jerry. The Preservation and Restoration of Sound Recordings. Nashville, TN: American Association
for State and Local History, 1979.

Pickett, A. G. and M. M. Lemcoe. Preservation and Storage of Sound Recordings: A Study

Supported by a Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress,

Saint-Laurent, Gilles. The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials. Washington, D.C.: Commission on
Preservation and Access, 1991.

Ward, Alan. A Manual of Sound Archive Administration. Aldershot, UK: Gower, 1990. (While geared toward
archives and other institutions, chapter 6 (starting at p. 122) does an excellent job on the historical
background, identification, conservation, storage and handling of different sound recording formats.)

Online guides, resources and bibliographies on audio preservation

Conservation Online (CoOL): This page provides links to a vast

number of information and helpful resources about audio preservation and is organized by topic.

Indiana University. Field Audio Collection Evaluation Tool (FACET): While this is geared
more towards universities, libraries, and archives, this manual is a great resource for helping to identify
materials and preservation concerns for sound recordings. Covers discs, tapes (cassettes and reels) and
wire recordings.

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Care of Historical Sound Recordings
Sources for Further Reading (continued)

Library of Congress. Cylinder, Disc and Tape Care in a Nutshell:

This website provides advice on the handling and storage of sound recordings.

National Library of New Zealand:

recordings. This website provides advice on the handling and storage of sound recordings.

University of Washingon Libraries: This page provides an

extensive bibliography of both print and electronic resources on a variety of audio preservation topics,
including information about different recording formats, preservation problems, and digital audio.