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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 about ARSC.


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May 9-12, 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland

Get Ready for ARSC 2018
The 52nd annual ARSC conference will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 9-12, 2018 at the Radisson Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor, situated near the city's historic seaport.

There will be two back-to-back pre-conference workshops on May 9th: Analog Tape Playback and People, Processes, and Technology. Visit the conference webpage for details on this, hotel and travel information, and more!


The current issue of The ARSC Journal is now available online via AMP! for ARSC members. Be sure to check out articles on "His Excellency: Dwight Fiske and the Birth of the Party Record Industry," "The London LP Curve: London LP Recording Characteristic and its Equalization in Playback," and "People Have the Power: Crowdsourcing Cataloging of Sound Recordings." Along with Copyright & Fair Use, Book Reviews, and more.

ARSC New York Chapter February 2018 Meeting
The ARSC NY Chapter presents Bobby Robinson and His Happy House, presented by Matthew Barton and John Broven, February 15th, 7:00pm at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center, NYC.Read more...

The Collections Directory project led by ARSC and the Radio Preservation Task Force continues to accept collection submissions. If you have not already submitted information about your radio and radio-related collections to the project, please use the Google Form created for that purpose or contact William Vanden Dries. To view the current listing of collections in the directory, please visit

The The ARSC Fall/Winter Newsletter is here! Read about Guests of National Theatre in Belgrade - Historical Opera Performances Recordings from 1969 to 1989, find out more about the Baltimore 2018 conference, and get up to date on copyright legislation.

The 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research! ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work.

Introducing ARSCLIB: The ARSC Library and Archives Electronic Discussion List! ARSCLIB has been created to be a forum for discussing issues of concern to individuals who are responsible for caring for recorded sound collections within institutions. The discussions are expected to have a narrower professional focus than the main ARSCLIST, discussing issues such as collection policies, deaccessioning, cleaning, digitization, metadata, etc. To subscribe to ARSCLIB and/or ARSCLIST, go to