Smithsonian | Save the Voices of #Tolkien, #Joyce and #Tennyson

James Joyce in 1938 / Source:

Laura Clark at tells the horrific story of cut budgets and time restraints for the British Library’s sound archive.

On Monday, the British Library issued a public call for help safeguarding the over 6.5 million recordings in their archives through digital preservation. It will take around $60 million (£40 million) to fully fund the effort, and time is running short.

“Archival consensus internationally is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save our sound collections by digitising them before they become unreadable and are effectively lost,” the library’s statement says.

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Save the Voices of Tolkien, Joyce And Tennyson | Smart News | Smithsonian.

The British Library isn’t only asking for donations (though they would be of great service) but also looking for instances of archived audio recordings that may be rare or difficult to find now. No sound is insignificant; as some of those in fear of deterioration or disappearing altogether include the captured audio of steam engines, factories, long-gone dialects, and readings from classic names like Florence Nightingale, Lord Tennyson, J.R.R. Tolkien, and James Joyce.

It isn’t only the sounds that are worried after, but the formats in which those recordings were captured. Losing the ability to play wax cylinders, for example, means losing the contents of the recording. So, click on the link above in order to see the British Library’s call for assistance and what is needed to help preserve these classic contributions to expression.