And the barrier to this is, clearly, the present copyright laws.
Now is the time to document losses and potential losses, for ARSC to collect
them through our Copyright Committeee (eh, Tim?), and study the resulting
data, preparing the results to present to Congress.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Miller" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Any feedback on the status of Hogan Archive at
Tulane University (in New Orleans)
> On Thu, 1 Sep 2005, Jon Noring wrote:
>> >> This only strengthens my view that the #1 priority for archives of
>> >> unique materials should be to digitize them -- and if possible make
>> >> the
>> >> digital copies *publicly available* so they can be mirrored in various
>> >> digital archives worldwide (as the Internet Archive does.)
>> > And exactly why does the writer think that it isn't their #1 priority?
>> Well, good point. I don't know regarding Hogan Archive.
>> My comment was a general statement rather than being specific to
> I believe that Jon's initial comment was very important, even if it might
> not apply directly to the situation which prompted that comment.
> I am reminded of the flood which hit
> Houston and I was left trying to rescue many unique recordings of the
> Houston Symphony's performances...a fire in California which destroyed
> what was the finest collection in private hands of performances of the
> Boston Symphony...I also worry about a friend of mine, who lives (lived?)
> in Baton Rouge. He was a pupil of the great pianist composer Dohnanyi. Ron
> had probably the finest collection of Dohnanyi recordings. While libraries
> hold great things, private collections also hold many treasures.
> For me, digitization is only part of it. Duplicate copies, in different
> locations is, for me, of equal importance. While we do not have the fiscal
> resources to adequately address our preservation needs, unlike the
> Library of Alexandria, we do have the techology to make duplicate
> copies at minimal expense.
> It is all so sad. For me, it sometimes seems that what we lose overshadows
> what we have preserved.
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