From the Carnegie Hall Blog:
After several years of planning, Carnegie Hall’s Archives began a multi-year project this past July to digitize its collections for preservation and research. Carnegie Hall’s Archives and Rose Museum Director Gino Francesconi introduces this exciting new project that will culminate in our history being made easily available for online research and broader public access.
We have now been collecting Carnegie Hall’s history for 26 years. There are nearly 50,000 events documented through hundreds of thousands of items that include house programs, posters and flyers, booking ledgers, photographs, recordings, autographs, and correspondences, in addition to administrative files. Each year, we receive information requests from staff and outside researchers who are as varied as the history of the Hall: authors, journalists, students, scholars, teachers, media professionals, and also those who are curious to know more about Carnegie Hall.
Those requests were once received by postal mail or phone. Today, nearly 90% of our requests are through e-mail, oftentimes beginning with “I didn’t find the information I was searching for on your site.” There is an ever growing population that expects quick access to information, and if they can’t find it online, then they assume it simply doesn’t exist. Internet communication continues to evolve and link us in ways that seemed impossible a few years ago. The possibilities are limitless. What lies ahead a few years from now?
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