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Re: [ARSCLIST] wire recordings - archival storage

I've never had trouble with the post-war wire on Webster-Chicago type spools, because these all seem to be solid stainless steel. The problem lies in earlier wire which is sometimes clad. I have an odd wartime machine made by Brush for the Navy, VRW-1, that has the wire in a cartridge and it is impossible to keep the wire from breaking with even the slightest tension.

And while we are on the subject of Illinois and wartime wire recorders, what has happened to the recorder and the wire that Marvin Camras (I think) played during his ARSC Chicago Conference presentation in 1993 that had a 1944 recording of Marion Anderson she recorded in his Armour Research lab. I have the talk on videotape.

Oh, and Tracy, you're not any relation to Andre Popp are you? He did some wonderful things with tape recorders under the guise of Elsa Popping and Her Pixieland Band in the 1956 award winning album Delirium In Hi-Fi.

Mike Biel mbiel@xxxxxxxxx

Tracy Popp wrote:
Dear ARSC list members:

I have been doing research on archiving wire recordings for a project we are
working on here at Univ. of Illinois. I have yet to find any  information
about preferred archival storage of these types of recordings - storage
orientation, preferred archival containers, etc. I have seen recommendations
regarding storage environment temperature but nothing definitive on
container or orientation.

 I'd like to hear about how you and your institution approach archival
storage of wire recordings and if you have any particular resource you've
used to guide your decisions. Thank you in advance and I look forward to
your responses!

Tracy Popp
Graduate Student
Univ. of Illinois

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