October 20, 2021

Preservation and Digitization: “UC San Diego to Salvage the “Lost” Audio Recordings of Polio Vaccine Pioneer Jonas Salk”

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The idea-a-minute Jonas Salk didn’t always have time to capture his thoughts on the yellow legal pads he always kept within arm’s reach.

So he spent hour after hour talking into an audio recorder when he was developing the world’s first effective polio vaccine and creating the now famous research institute in La Jolla that bears his name.

Most of those recordings haven’t been heard in at least 50 years. But that will soon change. UC San Diego has asked a specialty company to digitize more than 170 hours of recordings that were made on an audograph, a clunky device that became obsolete long ago.

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“It is one of the most significant collections we hold and now we can use a newer technology to make the content available for the first time in at least 50 years,” said Lynda Claassen, director of the Mandeville Special Collections at UC San Diego’s Geisel Library.

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See Also: Jonas Salk Papers Finding Aid (via UCSD Lib

https://library.ucsd.edu/speccoll/findingaids/mss0001.html

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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