The Archive and the Library meet in online film

This note is part of an exercise in making sure I post things to the open web via my WordPress blog, not just to the closed but huge community on Facebook…

Librarian, archivist, historian, folklorist and ethnomusicologist friends… Have you seen the film linked above? The Internet Archive copy could use some comments adding more searchable keywords, but it’s a fascinating slice of history… including an old fashioned look at copyright law before it turned into the protectionist mess it is today.

An excerpt from it at YouTube sent me off looking for the original. That clip had Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee as an example of the field recording efforts of The Library of Congress. But there is much more in this 20-minute film from 1968, a guided tour of the work of the library back in the days of cardboard index cards and international mail as information sharing devices, just before the dawn of the digital age…

Original title if you just share the Archive webpage: “LIBRARY OF CONGRESS : National Archives and Records Administration : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive”

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

Posted in ethnomusicology, folklore, Internet Archive, Libraries, Library of Congress

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