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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May 11-14, 2016 | Bloomington, IN

Register TODAY!
Go to the Conference Website to register online, preview the Conference Schedule & the Program Book, and see more details on the fun to be had in Bloomington!

*Please note, the two-day pre-conference Media Preservation Boot Camp is NOW FULL. To be added to the waitlist, please email ARSC Executive Director, Nathan Georgitis at
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Check out the ARSC Spring Newsletter! Get the latest on the ARSC 50th Anniversary Conference, a recap of AES, and more!

Ever wonder how records were depicted in silent movies? Silent film accompanist, David Drazin has! ARSC Blog is delighted to present Drazin's entertaining and image-rich guest post on the topic: Silent Records, Silent Movies, by David Drazin.

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

Women in Recorded Sound
With the overwhelming expression of interest, the new collective, Women in Recorded Sound, is moving forward! Stay tuned for more information on a kickoff event at the 50th Annual ARSC conference in Bloomington. Follow WRS on Twitter @WomenRecSound, Facebook, or email

2015 ARSC Award Recipients Announced!
ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. View winning publications.
The 2015 ARSC Service Awards go to Tony Russell (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Marcos Lacerda (Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings Award). Read more...

ARSC New York Chapter Videos!
The next in our series of ARSC NY Chapter videos is published: A Centennial Tribute to Jorge Bolet, presented by Joe Patrych and Jon M. Samuels, recorded at CUNY on Nov. 20, 2014.

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