I'm SO pleased that the Zappa family have taken Frank's archive in hand, and 
are actively ensuring - with Alex Winter's help - that it is properly 
preserved before being made widely available. I still do not know which 
archives are handling the material, nor whether the original recordings are 
also being stored somewhere, but at least something is happening after 20 
years. I can't wait for the documentary to appear, and I hope that something 
similar can be achieved for Prince's archive.

David Lee

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From: Paul Jackson
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This on

March 2016

Hey Everybody,
People have been asking so I just wanted to clarify that the family is
proud to give Alex Winter and his project our complete support, as well
as unrestricted access to the Vault. This is the first time we've ever
opened the Vault to someone outside of our family, but Alex is an
exceptional filmmaker and storyteller, and we are excited to see him
tell Frank's story.
While we appreciate that the Kickstarter <> will
help us with the larger project of preserving the Vault, I want to make
sure everyone knows that this is NOT our project but we absolutely
SUPPORT the project and Alex, and that the Zappa Family Trust will not
receive any of the funds Alex raises during the Kickstarter (though if
someone makes the $9 million pledge, which would obviously be awesome, a
portion of that pledge will be used to purchase the house from the
family at its market value).
Alongside the rest of you, we're excited to see what Alex and his team
will find.
Ahmet Zappa

Paul T. Jackson
Trescott Research
Steilacoom, WA
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On 4/29/2016 10:22 AM, Bittel, Aaron M wrote:
> To add another link: Maureen Russell interviewed Joe about the Zappa
> Archive for her column in Music Reference Services Quarterly in 2013:
> (warning: subscription required)
> - Aaron
> --
> Aaron M. Bittel
> Archivist-Librarian/Digital Projects
> UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
> On Fri, 2016-04-29 at 14:29 +0000, Nathan wrote:
>> Yes, they declined to give ARSC permission to disseminate the audio.
>> I remember they seemed to enjoy the ARSC audience.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Apr 29, 2016, at 6:37 AM, Barton, Matthew <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>> Actually, he did, with Gail Zappa. It was in 2011 when ARSC was in
>>> Los Angeles.
>>> I checked the conference recordings page for 2011, but it hasn't
>>> been posted. The non-Zappa portion of the panel has been posted, so
>>> maybe they did not wish for any vault material to be available
>>> online. Does anyone know if that's the case?
>>> Matthew Barton
>>> Library of Congress
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: ARSC Library and Archives Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIB@LIS
>>> TSERV.LOC.GOV] On Behalf Of Peoples, Curtis
>>> Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:25 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: Zappa Archive
>>> I would really like to see Joe present at ARSC on the Zappa Vault
>>> material.
>>> Curtis L. Peoples, Ph.D.
>>> Archivist, Crossroads Music Archive
>>> Unit Head, Crossroads Recording Studio
>>> Contact Info:
>>> Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University P. O. Box 41041
>>> Lubbock, Texas 79409-1041
>>> Email: [log in to unmask]
>>> TEL: 1+806-834-5777
>>> FAX: 1+806-742-0496
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: ARSC Library and Archives Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIB@LIS
>>> TSERV.LOC.GOV] On Behalf Of Karl E. Fitzke
>>> Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:25 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: Zappa Archive
>>> Joe Travers, are you on this list?   Let me tell you how much I've
>>> enjoyed watching you drum for Mike Keneally too.
>>> -Karl
>>> ________________________________________
>>> From: ARSC Library and Archives Discussion List <[log in to unmask]
>>> OC.GOV> on behalf of Rachel Wilson-Clark <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 7:19:01 AM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIB] Zappa Archive
>>> Cool email.
>>> On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 2:03 PM, David Lee < sueanddavelee@ntlworld
>>> .com [[log in to unmask]] > wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> As the subject of Frank Zappa has come up, I thought I might use
>>> this opportunity to ask list subscribers what happened to his huge
>>> archive of audio and video recordings, most of them unrealised
>>> projects? I know that his son has been arranging for the
>>> digitisation of some of it, but this would be a massive
>>> undertaking. If the archive is still in his house, then all the
>>> obvious risks associated with that are worrying, to say the least.
>>> Does anyone know if the recordings are in safer, archival hands,
>>> with a suitable budget to get it preserved?
>>> My interest stems not just from a fan's perspective, but also from
>>> an email I received some years ago from someone actively involved
>>> in bootlegging Zappa's material (apparently he is the most
>>> bootlegged artist in recent times), who wondered what was being
>>> done to safeguard the archive, which was then in family hands.
>>> Regards,
>>> David Lee
>>> (Formerly Manager, Wessex Film & Sound Archive, UK)