Public accessibility is one of the most important goals of the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore. Our collections are not only historically significant on a national level. They also often document important vestiges of our own local Cajun and Creole heritage, a heritage that since the 1920s has become threatened. A large number of researchers have used our facilities and have gained a wealth of insight into Cajun and Creole folklore. Just as importantly, a host of professional musicians have benefited from hearing Cajun and Creole field recordings from the 1930s to the present. The Archives have been utilized by musicians such as Grammy-nominated David Greely of the Mamou Playboys and the Grammy recipient Michael Doucet of Beausoleil, both of which have gone on to use the archival materials as a source of inspiration and to revitalize the tradition. The archives is increasingly becoming a resource for countless young bands.
While collections are being digitized, they are catalogued extensively. Our catalogue includes fields such as artist, date, description (which includes song titles) and location of the recording. Recent developments have made it possible for us to upgrade our catalogue database system, which allows patrons to hear a compressed mp3 listening copies of the record while viewing the catalogue at listening stations.
Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Preservation of Audio
Magnetic Tape Storage and Handling
The Care and Handling of Recorded Sound Materials
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