The thousands of discs — one of the largest archived collections of recorded sound in the country — are being relocated to the [ Miller Nichols Library’s] third floor, where they will be housed in the university’s gargantuan, robotic storage unit.
The unprecedented move will give the discs digital identities and better preserve the collection, but visitors will no longer be able to stand amid its vastness.
[Our emphasis] The move into robotic storage is the first time known to archivists that a record collection the likes of the Marr Archives has been taken off the stacks and put into a giant electronic retrieval system. The new space will be triple the size of the archives’ current space.
While music is the bulk of the sound archives, which includes 350,000 recordings, other trophy pieces are involved, including photos and manuscripts and recordings such as a radio broadcast of Joplin-born African-American poet Langston Hughes reading his work.
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