Putting it together – assembling an archive

This archive has a lot of pieces. If someone already gave you our business card at a convention, it probably has the URL of our crowd-sourced identification process on it. 

Please go and help identify songs and zines pages and bits of audio. That’s going to help us more than you know. 

If that’s not your cup of tea, but you’re in the northeast corridor and have some time to spend scanning or photographing things, drop us a line on the contact page, and we can get something set up. We need all the help we can get.

At some point soon I’ll do a blog post with statistics. Needless to say, there’s a lot of stuff. It’s currently split between New Jersey and the Boston area. There are more than 30 boxes of tapes, zines, convention documents, vinyl records, hard drives, songbooks, and much, much more, in no particularly good order.

Thanks to our small staff of volunteers we are making good progress in identifying everything, but it’ll be another few months before we’ve done a full pass of all the items in the archive.

And that’s before we get to the process of organizing the digital files.

Our eventual goals are:
– Organized digital files stored and hosted with mirroring
– Full digitization of analog items (cassettes, vinyl) and back-ups of DAT, minidisc and other digital formats.
– A library-style database of digitized rare items in the style of archive.org 
– Ongoing crowd-sourced listening to open filk and unidentified performances to better preserve them and tag them.
– Lyrics and zines digitized and put up in an Genius.com style site (at least for lyrics) where people can correct and annotate what’s available.

So bear with us, while we get our bearings, and if you have time to come and help, please let us know. Thank you!

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