Grant makes historic audio material available soon

09/10/14

Soon, 250 hours of fragile audio material from Cornell’s ILR School from 1953 to 1978 will be available to the public, thanks to a grant from the Coordinated Preservation Program in the New York State Library’s Division of Library Development.

Cornell University Library recently finished digitizing open-reel audio from the ILR School’s Kheel Center for Labor Management Documentation and Archives. Commonly used during the mid-20th century, the acetate-based magnetic tape of open-reel audio has become very fragile, and archivists have been hesitant to play these recordings for fear of destroying them.

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