ERIC Number: ED338232
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials. Report.
St. Laurent, Gilles
This report begins by defining sound recordings as machine readable artifacts, i.e., documents for which the integrity of the information they contain is directly related to the artifacts' physical condition. It then explains the equipment and media used in the recording, retention, and playback of sound, including the microphone, the speaker, discs, tapes, and compact discs. The steps necessary to preserve sound recordings against chemical degeneration are described for acetate, shellac, and vinyl discs, and for magnetic tape. Three major concerns to consider when handling and storing sound recordings are presented: (1) that they be kept free of foreign matter deposits; (2) that they be kept free of any pressure that might cause deformations; (3) and that they be stored in a stable, controlled environment. General guidelines for meeting these conditions are given as well as specific, detailed guidelines for cleaning and storing discs, magnetic tapes, and compact disks, including specifications for a proper storage environment. (23 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Audiodisks, Audiotape Cassettes, Audiotape Recordings, Electronic Equipment, Information Storage, Magnetic Tape Cassettes, Preservation
The Commission on Preservation and Access, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 313, Washington, DC 20036-2117 (while supplies last).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Library of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario). Music Div.