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Library of Congress Announces New Sound Recordings for National Registry

Wednesday, April 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
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The Library of Congress has just announced the newest set of recordings selected by its National Recording Preservation Board for induction into the Library's National Recording Registry.

AFS's NRPB representative Burt Feintuch reports that the Board included the Franz Boas and George Herzog 1938 field recordings of Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Dan Cranmer, and the first album on the Arhoolie label (Mance Lipscomb's 1960 Texas Sharecropper and Songster), in this year's Registry.

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the NRPB, is tasked with annually selecting 25 recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2013 registry bring the total number of recordings on the registry to 400, a small part of the Library’s vast recorded sound collection of more than 3.5 million items. 

For information about all 25 recordings selected this year (including work by Isaac Hayes, Elmore James, Louis Jordan, the Louvin Brothers, and Buck Owens) or on the entire Registry, please visit

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