After 36 years of service to Stanford University Libraries, Aurora Perez is retiring as Operations Manager of the Archive of Recorded Sound and moving to Texas to be closer to her family.
Aurora began working at Stanford Libraries as a Library Specialist in the Cataloging Department in 1980, followed briefly by a part-time job in the Music Library, before coming to the Archive of Recorded Sound where she has worked ever since, eventually being promoted to Operations Manager. Aurora has seen many changes to the Archive since it was in the basement of the former president’s house at the Knoll. She participated in the pioneering Rigler-Deutsch project where all of the 78 discs in the collection were microfilmed and indexed. Later, the Archive moved to the Braun Music Center in 1984 where it expanded dramatically over the next 30 years. It is safe to say that Aurora has handled nearly all of the 400,000+ items in the collection at one time or another. There have been innumerable changes in recordings since Aurora started at the Archive. LPs, reel-to-reel tape, and audiocassettes keep coming in, but also CDs, DATs, VHS, Beta, hard drives, and even, piano rolls.
During all this time Aurora has been the main person interacting with the users of the Archive from all over the world. She has cultivated knowledge of arcane facts of sound recording history needed to navigate the Archive’s enormous collection of disc recordings, and how to safely play, store, and care for fragile and rare recordings. She has supervised numerous volunteers and student assistants in the many tasks required to keep the Archive running.
Aurora is a person of good cheer, tremendous loyalty, and dedication, who is closely associated with the Archive by Stanford students, staff, researchers, and donors all over the world. Most of all, she is a truly warm, good, and generous person, who is a pleasure to work with and know. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Her last day on campus will be Friday, July 29. A farewell reception will be held for Aurora on July 29 at 10:30-11:30 at the Braun Music Center Lounge on the second floor, directly above the Music Library.