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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 8-11, 2019 | Portland Oregon

Save the date for ARSC’s next annual conference, to be held at The Benson, a historic hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon that is within striking distance of several of Portland’s many record stores and Powell’s City of Books.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections invites proposals for conference presentations. For more information you can view or download our Call for Presentations. Please submit your abstract at 53rd Annual ARSC Conference Call for Presentations May 8-11, 2019 in Portland, OR.


ARSC New York Chapter October Meeting
The ARSC NY Chapter presents Newly Restored Treasures from the N. Y. Philharmonic Archives, presented by Seth B. Winner, November 15th, 7:00pm at the New York Philharmonic Archives, NYC. Please reserve your attendance with Seth at by November 12th.Read more...

The 2018 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research have been announced. Don't miss the official ceremony at next year's annual conference in Portland!

The The ARSC Summer Newsletter is here! Check it out for a wrap up on ARSC's 51st Annual Conference in Baltimore, results of the publications survey, ARSC award winners and more!

Congratulations to the winners of the ARSC Awards for Lifetime Achievement & Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings! Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michael Kinnear was recognized for his lifetime commitment to documenting the early recordings of India and Persia. Award for Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings winner David Lennick was recognized for his distinguished service to historical recordings through his restoration work for many major labels in all genres. Read more...

The current issue of The ARSC Journal is now available online via AMP! for ARSC members. Be sure to check out articles on "Mediography of John Sheppard's Music" and "Designing a Housing for the Horizontal Storage of Cracked or Broken Phonograph Discs" along with Copyright & Fair Use, Book Reviews, and more.

Congratulations to the 2018 ARSC Research Grants Recipients! Grants were awarded to the following individuals Daniel Margolies, Virginia Wesleyan University; Alison Martin, Indiana University; Brian Oberlander, Northwestern University;Elodie Roy, University of Glasgow, Scotland. 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

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