ARSCLIST is an unmoderated mail reflector to facilitate the exchange of information on sound archives and promote communication among those interested in preserving, documenting, and making accessible the history of recorded sound. The list is sponsored by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) as a service to ARSC members and the archival community at large.
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Topics appropriate for discussion may include discussion about recorded sound research, history, innovations, preservation, archiving, copyrights and access and announcements about ARSC activities and publications. Other lists may be more appropriate forums for subjective discussions of particular recordings or artists, restoration of antique equipment, buying and selling recordings and the collecting of ephemera. All messages posted to the list will be archived
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Founded in 1966, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, study, publication, and information exchange surrounding all aspects of recordings and recorded sound. With over one thousand members from twenty-three countries, the organization is comprehensive in scope and reflects the interests and concerns of its members, including:
- collectors - dealers - appraisers
- archivists - librarians
- historians - musicians - students
- discographers - reviewers
- media producers - recording engineers
Through publications, grants and awards, conferences, and the work of its committees, the Association provides a forum for the development and dissemination of discographic information in all fields and periods of recording and in all sound media. In addition, ARSC works to encourage the preservation of historical recordings, to promote the exchange and dissemination of research and information about them, and to foster an increased awareness of the importance of recorded sound as part of any cultural heritage.
What don't we do? ARSC does not buy or sell records, appraise recordings, suggest price guides, or recommend specific dealers. Many members are engaged in various phases of the record industry and are so designated in our membership directory. Listing there, however, does not in any way guarantee professional status or imply endorsement by ARSC.