Blog topic: Sound recordings

Music Library reading room

Make an appointment to visit the Music Library

April 9, 2021
by Ray Heigemeir

The Music Library welcomes all eligible Stanford community members to make an appointment to visit on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 am – 4 pm.  

To make an appointment: 

  • Log in to My Account on the Stanford Libraries website and choose Music or ARS from the pulldown; 
  • Pick your desired date and time block for entry;
  • Finally, check the required boxes on the "provide information" page. Your email address should auto-populate here. An email will confirm your appointment.

The exterior of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Music Library Association confers with the Theatre Library Association, March 2021

March 23, 2021
by Ray Heigemeir

Music and theatre librarians across the US and Canada gathered virtually in March to listen, learn, discuss, debate, decide, and attend to the business of our professions. The opening plenary session set the tone for many of the presentations to follow. “Anti-racist performing arts librarianship” was the topic insightfully addressed by our guest speakers, Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and Dr.

MSSMEDIA0029 tape back

Queerly Audible History: The Don Lucas Mattachine Society Tapes

February 12, 2021
by Franz Kunst

Working in a large archive means you're always discovering collections - sometimes even collections that are already open and available. In this case, it was a group of audio tapes related to 1950s gay rights organization the Mattachine Society. In the midst of preparing for a vault move, we came across a tape labeled “Reel #6” which had been misfiled and listed as lost. After considerable sleuthing the reel was finally returned to its rightful box.

ARS reading room with books

Four new finding aids featuring Jazz artist interviews, band music, and organizational records published by the Archive of Recorded Sound

August 17, 2020
by Nathan Coy

In the last week through the concerted efforts of Benjamin Bates, Chris Walker, Gurudarshin Khalsa, Jonah Reidel, and the Stanford Media Preservation Lab the Archive of Recorded Sound has released 4 new finding aids. The collections include the work of Reese Erlich and his now Stanford streaming interviews with top tier Jazz artists, the complete catalog of Fidelity Recordings featuring band music from around the world, a collection of ARS research files, and a selection of sound recordings tied to the West coast traditional jazz revival. Read on to find out more.

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