“Wanted: A Home for Three Million Records: The Archive of Contemporary Music is Losing its Space in TriBeCa”
From The NY Times:
Housed in a nondescript building in TriBeCa is the Archive of Contemporary Music, a nonprofit founded in 1985. It is one of the world’s largest collections of popular music, with more than three million recordings, as well as music books, vintage memorabilia and press kits. For point of comparison, the Library of Congress estimates that it also holds nearly three million sound recordings.
Notably, the archive, which still receives about 250,000 recordings a year, is home to a majority of Keith Richards’s extensive blues collection. (Mr. Richards, of the Rolling Stones, sits on the board of advisers.)
And now it all has to go, somewhere.
The archive has been working with the Internet Archive to digitize some of its collection. But Mr. George’s priority is to preserve the hard copy. He estimates it will take about 20,000 boxes to pack up his inventory.
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