Benjamin E. Bates

Operations Manager

(650) 723-9312

As Operations Manager at the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS), My duties include the initial processing/cataloging of unique, archival items, arrangement/descripton of archival collections, and public reference assistance.

Recent projects include:

University of California, Santa Cruz Contemporary Classical Collection

Maria Jesus Casado Garcia-Sampedro Piano Roll Collection

Thomas Quilter Collection (Irish Folk Music)

Paul F. Roth American Dance Band Collection

Sezen Family Collection (Turkish, Armenian, Greek, and Jewish music)

Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls



  • MLIS, Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
  • MPA, Public Administration, San Francisco State University
  • BA, Special Major - Sound Design, San Francisco State University

Selected Publications 

Irish folk music revisited on the Stanford University Libraries blog

Treasures from the Archive of Recorded Sound on the Stanford University Libraries blog

More about me 

Now in my 7th year at Stanford Libraries, I have previously served as Archives Specialist, Interim Operations Manager, and Processing Archivist at the Archive of Recorded Sound; in addition to Cataloging Assistant at Stanford Music Library.  Sound recordings and music in general have been a lifelong passion for me as modest collector, musician, and former radio host of 'Classical Mondays' on KSFS.  At Stanford, I am glad to put this passion to good use.