Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 24, 2013

Town's NEDCC to help preserve historic recordings

Grant will let Andover center convert rare audio collections to digital format


Middlebury College will participate in the pilot phase of the project by making available over 200 wax cylinders and more than 1,000 records which are part of Middlebury College’s Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, one of the nation’s great archival collections of New England folksong, folklore and balladry.

The Carnegie Hall Archives will participate by providing a sample of recordings on lacquer disks that show signs of deterioration. Carnegie Hall’s audio collection consists of recordings of one-time performances by many of the world’s greatest musicians.

Veillette said, “Reformatting has been a part of NEDCC’s services since it began offering film-duplication and preservation microfilming in the 1970s. In the past three years, the center has successfully transitioned its reformatting services to 100-percent digital photography with a dual focus on careful handling and adherence to best practices.

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