Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.  » learn more


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ARSC 49th Annual Conference
May 27-30, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA
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 Pre-Conference Workshop: From Idea to Deliverable: Planning and Executing Your Grant-Funded Project


ARSC Is Recruiting! We have two openings:
ARSC Journal Editor Do you have editorial or publishing experience? Click here for the ARSC Journal Editor Vacancy Announcement and apply by March 15th!
ARSC Social Media Editor Are you a social media wiz? Click here for the ARSC Social Media Vacancy Announcement and apply by April 3rd!

Count what you do and show preservation counts! The FY2014 Preservation Statistics Survey, a project to document and analyze the preservation activities of cultural heritage institutions in the United States, is now open. Any library or archives in the United States conducting preservation activities is encouraged to participate in this survey, which will be open from Tuesday, January 20, 2015 through Friday, February 27, 2015. For more information, visit the Preservation Statistics website:

Have a mystery sound recording?Submit it for "Audio Archaeology: Identifying Unknown and Unidentified Sound Recordings", a session chaired by ARSC members Thom Pease (Library of Congress) and Sandy Rodriguez (UMKC, Marr Sound Archives) at the Music Library Association's conference in Denver, CO, 2/25-3/1/2015. Read more...

Call for Nominations: 2015 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award This annual award, sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, recognizes writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice. Nomination instructions are at Deadline Feb. 28th.

ARSC 2014 Fall Membership Directory is now available to ARSC members online. The directory lists the collecting areas, research interests, publications, and contact information for individual and institutional members of ARSC. For more information and to request access to the members-only section of the website, read more here.

The Fall/Winter 2014 ARSC Newsletter
is here!

46th Annual IASA Conference will be held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris Sept.27-Oct. 1, 2015. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals has been extended to February 13, 2015. Check the IASA website for more information.

Registration is now open for the 19th SEAPAVAA Conference hosted by the Asian Film Archive April 22-28, 2015, in Singapore. This year's theme will be Advocate, Connect, Engage. Register online at

ARSC is on YouTube: ARSC Member Testimonials and NY Chapter Meetings
Help your organization grow by promoting our new ARSC YouTube Channel. The channel features videos of recent ARSC NY Chapter meetings and testimonials from fellow members on how ARSC has enriched their work with historical sound recordings. See the playlists here and distribute to your friends!

Press Release from the GHB Jazz Foundation: Third Man Records and Revenant Records enter into a license agreement with GHB Jazz Foundation for release of Paramount titles. Read more...

The 1st Europeana Sounds International Conference will be held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris immediately after IASA, Oct. 2, 2015. This one-day conference celebrates Europeana Sounds, a ground-breaking project of the European Commission and the Europeana Sounds Consortium to provide access to Europe's sound heritage.

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