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Re: [ARSCLIST] Einstürzende Neubauten
Contrary to what Dave Lewis says, the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, located in the William T. Jerome Library, in Bowling Green Ohio, still is located on the third floor of that building and has since its inception in 1967. I have been the Sound Recordings Archivist there for all of those years. The Center for Popular Music is located at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. but it is in no way associated with us here at BGSU. We have our main collection on the third floor, the uncataloged LP's, all of the 45's, and our huge biography and portrait files located on the first floor, and the 78-rpm collection, the tape archives, and transcription discs are located in our remote storage building ( the Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository) about 15 miles north of campus in Perrysburg. The depository which we use is one of a number that are operated in the state of Ohio and we share ours with University of Toledo
and the Medical College of Ohio.
Till the vinyl is finyl.
Bill Schurk, Professor
Sound Recordings Archivist
William T. Jerome Library
Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives
--- On Tue, 3/3/09, Dave Lewis <dlewis@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
From: Dave Lewis <dlewis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Einstürzende Neubauten
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 2:23 PM
The sub-standard building practices of the 1970s are coming back to haunt us,
and unfortunately a fair number of such structures are used to house archival
materials, as this one was.
While I'm not Bill Schurk, and apologize for sticking my neck out in
speaking out about what is not my problem, a few years ago the Center for
Popular Music at BGSU was moved out of its 1970s poured concrete building --
where the materials were organized and well cared for -- and placed in deep
storage elsewhere on campus. Last I heard it was inaccessible. There is another
poured concrete structure at the University of Cincinnati -- thankfully one that
does not hold an archive -- that will need to be torn down at some point, as it
is both sinking and tipping over.
Of course, none of us in the 1970s knew that the poured concrete fad would
primarily result in buildings that would turn out to be non-functional in the
long term. As this story unfolds, the effect on archives of all kinds --
including sound recordings -- will be better known. If your archive is in a
1970s university building, you might need to develop a good "Plan B"
in order to avoid the fate of the Center for Popular Music. And if that facility
has reopened, I sure would like to know about it.
Uncle Dave Lewis
Ann Arbor, MI