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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


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May 10-13, 2017 | San Antonio, TX

Conference Registration is Now Open!
The 51st annual ARSC conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, May 10-13, 2017. There will be two back-to-back pre-conference workshops on May 10th: Analog Tape Playback and Digital Audio Restoration. Visit the conference webpage for details on this, and the program schedule, hotel and travel information, newcomer orientation, and more!
The deadline for early-bird registration is
April 17, 2017.

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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

ARSC New York Chapter April Meeting
The ARSC NY Chapter presents An interview with Gunther Schuller on his Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee., presented by Tom Fine and Dennis Rooney, April 20th, 7:00pm at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center, NYC. Read more...

Call for Applications: ARSC Web Manager
ARSC is now seeking applicants for the role of Website Manger! This is a great opportunity for a creative person to take a leadership role in ARSC, make significant contributions to ARSC's growth, exercise your writing and coding skills, and play an active role in initiatives across the organization! Please read the full position description here.

The The ARSC Spring Newsletter is here! Check it out for a preview of ARSC's 51st Annual Conference to be held May 10-13, 2017, reports from ARSC grant recipients, and more!

2016 ARSC Awards for Excellence Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 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. See the press release for this years winners.

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

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