Nice the hear from someone in A2.
Back in the 50s, I worked at WUOM-FM cataloging the Diamond collection
of 78's we only got through 1100 items before I was done with my masters
in Library Science. Due to my work on a bibliography of recorded sound,
organizing the meetings leading up to the first 1965 steering meeting at
the Ford Museum (resulting in 1966 founding of ARSC) as well as working
under Kurtz Myers at the Detroit Public Library (DPL) as pre-pro, while
in school, I was tapped to help open the Lincoln Center, Rodgers and
Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, NY as my first job. Quite a bit
later I opened the Oakland University Performing Arts Library (PAL) --
unfortunately it was returned to the main library years later after the
School of Performing Arts was disbanded. In the early 70s I also worked
with Berry Gordy's sister on saving materials for their Motown
archive/museum when they were dumping things for moving to LA.
My thoughts are, that if you are looking for or interested in doing work
in recorded sound, you might want to look and inquire at WUOM-FM or the
UM School of Music. Michigan State also has/had a large collection of
recordings; mostly tapes [I believe the Vincent oral history WWII
broadcast tapes are part of this now.] Motown has their archive. It
wouldn't hurt to check in with any of these to learn what's going on in
the area. Ask for their thoughts and suggestions. There were several
major collections in Grand Rapids; friends/colleagues of mine (both men
died--I don't know what happened to their collections.) Ohio and Indiana
have major sound archives (see ARSC directory). I'm not up on what's
going on now with DPL collections; major collection of LPs (Kurtz was
author/compiler of /Record Ratings/ for years with the Music Library
Association.) DPL also has a large collection on Black performers; the
Anyway--if you want to work in the field, you should just start by
contacting the major players in the areas; there are at least 7 major
archives in the 3 state area (MI, OH, IN,) including Film; both at
Dearborn Public, and Ford Museum (has films, recordings, and other
media.) Jim Limbacker was the film guru at Dearborn--long deceased, but
I suspect the film archive/program still exists somewhere in Michigan,
if not at the library. Get yourself known to them, so when they hear of
something they can either contact you or recommend those looking to talk
with you. Start your own regional directory of newer
collectors/collection (people who are not in the ARSC directory) to pass
around--this will get your name out there rather quickly.
The Michigan Arts Festivals are places to meet up with archivists as well.
On 6/21/2017 1:34 PM, matt love wrote:
> I've been on this list for many many years, lurking except for a post or
> two, but am finally motivated to post.
> There's a couple or three components to this, I'll try to organize it in a
> way that makes sense.
> First: Joyce Jenje Makwenda will be presenting on her work in the Ann Arbor
> area on Thursday (http://stamps.umich.edu/stamps/detail/joyce_jenje_makwenda
> She is an archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist, and writer who lives and
> works in Harare, Zimbabwe where she founded and runs the Joyce Jenje
> Makwenda Collection Archive
> <http://www.joycejenjearchives.co.zw/author/joyce/>. It is one of the
> largest privately-owned archives in Zimbabwe, housing documented
> interviews, newspapers, vinyl records, photography, musical instruments,
> and other objects.
> She will repeat the presentation in Detroit at the Zimbabwe Cultural Center
> of Detroit on July 13. I thought this might be of interest to ARSC members
> in this area.
> Which leads me to then next part; are there ARSC members in this area (I'm
> just outside Ann Arbor but Detroit is just a 25 minutes away)? I have
> never really been "in the field" and abandoned efforts to work my way in a
> number of years ago, but maybe it's time to rethink.
> Some background: I was in the MLIS program at the University of Washington
> a few years ago. I was interested in reference librarianship, but when
> Google search came in, and I realized that my particular knack for research
> was obsolete! I could either dig in deeper, or shift my focus. I didn't
> have the mental discipline or attention span to dig deeper, so I looked
> around for other areas of interest. I was fascinated with archiving audio
> materials, but there was no coursework available for that there. The more I
> read about this on this list, the more intimidated I became about trying to
> figure this out or do it on my own. I was concerned that I would probably
> ruin rather than preserve what I could get my hands on.
> My degree work was interrupted; now that I am in a new situation, I'm
> thinking perhaps I should rethink this. I haven't looked into what's
> available locally. I'm retired, and don't need to make money, but rust,
> moisture, sticky shed etc never sleeps, so maybe there's something I could
> contribute as a volunteer?
> Thanks to all who stayed with me to the end!
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