These are film, not necessarily audio but there was a fire at Fox warehouses in New Jersey in 1937 which destroyed many Fox films.
And nitrate fire at the National Archives in 1977 that destroyed much of the Universal Newsreels collection, especially the out takes.
On Apr 1, 2015, at 7:50 AM, Joel Bresler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Friends:
> I would like to assemble a short list of disasters (and near-disasters) that
> have befallen multimedia archives. Any help building a short list would be
> much appreciated. To get us started:
> MGM and Atlantic labels lost holdings in a fire
> In 1996 a movie lot fire almost demolished the MCA audio archive
> RCA bulldozed a warehouse in Camden, NJ in the 1960s, with master recordings
> and other materials still inside
> (These examples from: "Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our
> Cultural Rights" by Bill Ivey
> Destruction of Odeon masters at the end of WWII.
> Thanks in advance,
> Joel Bresler
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