The AES Historical Committee's website is also chock full of resources and links:
The page is not optimally organized, but it's worth a deep dig.
There's also a ton of stuff scattered around Archive.org, including Audio Device's publications and
many older issues of the SMPE and SPMTE Journals. Archive.org is notoriously poorly organized, so
deep digging is required. I have also uploaded things there, including three or four issues of the
Tape Recorder Annual Directory, published by Audio Devices. I think I also put an Accurate Sound
catalog from the 70s up there.
There's also the guy who has scanned and PDF'd a bunch of vintage audio magazines (NOTE THE FACT
that he has gotten ZERO take-down notices, showing that copyright paranoia is not needed in the
world of antique audio, since this stuff has no monetary value in digital form).
Also don't forget the small but valuable archive of RCA Victor materials at the Sarnoff Library's
There are also plenty of resources on the more eccentric corners of audio and video -- for instance
8-track tapes, LaserDiscs and Quad records and tapes.
Like many people with paper archives, I don't have the time or patience to scan all of it. And I
don't have the budget, time or patience to manage a website. I wish Google would get interested in
this kind of thing, as interested as they are in scanning all the most obscure books. I wouldn't
mind a bit if Google wanted to display ads on pages where people could view scans of schematics and
manuals in my files, as long as anyone could view (and download, and print) them from any web
browser at no cost. Think of how useful a Google search result for "Western Electric magnetic
cartridge" would be if it got you right to original documentation and photos, rather than hundreds
of audio chatboards speculating on how a WECO playback system would sound through their horn
-- Tom Fine
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 8:04 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] New Recorded Sound Resource Website
> While people are capturing manuals, may I suggest that the following be captured. I would prefer
> capture and local hosting as opposed to linking to this site as I'm nervous about what "unlimited"
> means these days having had Hostgator slap my wrist for distributing orchestral recordings that I
> made to orchestra members. They said it appeared to them I was using the space as backup, which I
> (a) I have many duplicates of what Tom has, but neither the ilk.org site nor mine has everything.
> (b) There are other assorted manuals at
> username: manuals
> password: reference
> (c) A good deal of documentation on the Sony APR-5000 and APR-24 series of tape machines is
> available at
> (d) Some information of possible use on Studer products is available at
> (e) Finally, I don't know if this will be "permanent" but I would suggest capturing the entire
> site of Studer manuals. I have.
> I don't know if I'd repost these, but rather link to them, but if they disappear then you'd have
> your own cache.
> There are many other items of interest available online, but for who knows how long. One that
> comes to mind is the Bell System Technical Journal. http://www3.alcatel-lucent.com/bstj/
> is a massive collection of both technical and business publications. I have no idea how long that
> will stay up or who is behind it. I think it's private.
> On 2014-07-25 6:30 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> There are many more Ampex manuals and schematics here:
>> Most of them were scanned by me and are hosted by my friend Paul Kraus.
>> LOC is welcome to copy files to their server or link to Paul's server.
>> This is the most complete Ampex manuals collection that I know of.
>> Also, if someone from the LOC wishes to send me a hard drive, I am happy
>> to share my _many_ gigs of scans of ye olde audio manuals, schematics,
>> literature, etc. My only caveat is that all material I provide must be
>> made available to the public, online. This same offer applies to any
>> legitimate not-for-profit organization willing to sign a commitment to
>> host the material online and make it available at no cost to all
>> internet users.
>> I also have many paper files and old magazines, most of which I will
>> never have time to scan. LOC is welcome to _borrow_ material for
>> scanning, provided the scans are made available to the public in a
>> timely manner.
>> -- Tom Fine
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.