There are many Engineers that work with audio-visual materials held in Archives that are not Archivists. If you and your fellow students want to work in an Archive, then perhaps you could take some archival training classes, or do an internship, or directed study in an Archive. Internships and directed studies are a great way to go if your school doesn't offer any archival classes. I did some of my graduate work at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian Folkways,I also wrote many of my term papers, reports, and eventually my thesis about topics regarding the Preservation of Motion Pictures and Recorded Sound in Archives.

One good site you should check out is the Unesco site: Audiovisual archives: A practical reader. The URL is: 

It would also be helpful to check out the Society of American Archivists (SAA) website: and to post your query on the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) list-serve: You might want to also check out the Conservation On-line Preservation of Audio Materials site:

If I could be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact me off-line.

Lance Watsky
Preservation & Media Specialist
The Georgia Archives
5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
678-364-3764 (phone)
678-364-3860 (fax)
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-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Ed Moser
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 11:31 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] How to find/hire av professionals


I'm currently a student at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, and
I have years of experiences recording audio in the field for video post. I'm
WAY interested in landing an archival job. We have other students who'd be
happy to do the same.


> From: Lawrence A Appelbaum <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 2003/10/27 Mon AM 11:57:53 CST
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] How to find/hire av  professionals
> There are recording studio programs, but frankly, I'm not sure how
> many
> of
> the graduates are interested in archival work as opposed to making the
> next
> hit. There might be some. You don't know until you ask. I suspect
> these
> organizations might be turning out more grads than there are job
> openings,
> but what else is new?