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Archive of Recorded Sound

Temporary Change in Staff Services

From Wednesday, March 29 through Friday, March 31 the staff of the Archive of Recorded Sound will be attending a training workshop. During this period the Archive of Recorded Sound will remain open for study and browsing, but staff services in the Archive will not be available.

If you would like to receive assistance from the Archive staff, we ask that you plan ahead with this temporary disruption in mind. We apologize for any inconvenience that this disruption may cause

ARS recording featured on the California Report

Hour of Charm OrchestraA recording from the Archive of the Hour of Charm All Girl Orchestra and Chorus was recently featured on the Califormnia Report.

Player Piano Project

Watch the video below for an introduction to the Player Piano Project. More details can be found on the project's website.

Archive news

TIe dye

…drop by the Music Library to view seminal albums from the Summer of Love! LPs include works by the Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas & the Papas, the Grateful Dead, the Doors, and Big Brother & the Holding Company. just unveiled a sleek new interface for institutional subscribers. If you haven’t yet tried this classical music streaming video database, I encourage you to check it out now.

The database includes

  • 3,000 musical works captured from the 1940’s to the present day
  • 1,700 films including concerts, ballets, operas, documentaries, and master classes
  • Over 100 live events broadcast every year from the most prestigious concert halls and classical music festivals, including exclusive live-streamed events
Moody black and white photo of Weldon Kees sitting in chair

Weldon Kees was unknown to me when I started processing the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation collection about three months ago.  In photographs, Kees has dark hair combed neatly to one side, a matching moustache, and an intense gaze.  He was most often photographed wearing a tweed suit with a sweater vest and tie and holding a cigarette. He dabbled in a number of things (among them: Communism, novel-writing, Abstract Expressionist painting, psychotherapy) but, over time, it has become clear that Kees best made a name for himself through poetry.