Before donating anything to a place like Stanford, please please contact
ARSC's David Seubert at UCSB ([log in to unmask]).  This is one of the most
enlightened places in the world to house a significant collection when you
are finished owning it.  They really care, and they have the resources and
intelligence to know what to do.   At least speak to David and pick his
brain.  And by all means pay him a visit and see their magnificent
facility.  That is the "right place."

John Haley

On Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 11:57 AM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>

> Hello, Dave and all,
> There appears to me to be far more material in need of finding a home than
> can easily be found.
> Fortunately, by early-2000s project of archiving everything of Marie-Lynn
> Hammond's ( was successful and was accepted by
> Library and Archives Canada a while ago. In this case, all of the
> quarter-inch tape material had been digitized by me at my own personal
> expense. But, I had the good fortune that she was already on the archive's
> radar as someone to archive.
> Recently, I've been talking to a major archive of traditional music
> because, a few years ago, I was paid to digitize a bit over 100 reels of
> Arab folk music field recordings by the original producer/recordist.
> Considering the volatility of the region I am concerned about finding a
> home for these recordings outside of the region. The producer has ties to
> France and he's looking for an archive there and I'm looking for one in
> North America on the basis that "Lots of copies keeps stuff safe."
> When I spoke with the major archive, I was told that the fact that I had
> already digitized them (and they were aware of the quality of the work I
> did) that would be a plus in accepting the collection. So far, no motion,
> but I haven't pushed the string either.
> One of the challenges is that when archives make in-house digital copies
> (even for CD release) it is sometimes not done on the quality of equipment
> or with the attention to detail that many of us who frequent this list
> would use.
> Cheers,
> Richard
> --
> Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
> Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
> Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.