Citizen Archivists and Cultural Memory
“Citizen archivists” are the “first responders” of history, arriving on the scene to capture and preserve ephemeral artifacts of interest and helping to ensure that they survive over time to share with the future.
No area of cultural activity is more in need of citizen archivists than music, where entire scenes come and go in the blink of an eye, exiting before documentation of their existence can be thoroughly captured. Artists and labels can be the caretakers of their own cultural record, as long as they have the awareness and tools to make it happen.
Our panel of citizen archivists will talk about their labels and collections; discuss ways to sustain musical collections over time for history, profit or just for the thrill of it; and inspire others with compelling stories that demonstrate the value of preserving musical memories.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How can I preserve my analog and digital recordings for the long-term?
- How can I unlock value from my recorded materials?
- What happens if I don’t take good care of my digital and analog music masters?
- What are some good examples of what not to do?
- What are some success stories of good preservation practices?
- Ken Shipley Numero Group
- Ben Blackwell Third Man Records
- Spott Philpott Merge Records
- Jimi Jones Library of Congress
- Butch Lazorchak Library of Congress
Butch Lazorchak Library of Congress