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Benjamin E. Bates

Operations Manager, Archive of Recorded Sound

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, hiring/supervision of student assistants, and public reference.

Recent projects include:

ARS Photograph Collection

Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls

University of California, Santa Cruz Contemporary Classical Collection

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

Ritchie Unterberger Collection (Rock musician interviews)


  • Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists
  • 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

Professional activities 

Member - Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG)

Member - Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Member - American Library Association (ALA)

Selected Publications 

13,000 sheet music titles now available for research on the Stanford University Libraries blog

Maria Callas materials come to Stanford on the Stanford University Libraries blob

Irish folk music revisited on the Stanford University Libraries blog

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

Ethel Merman 'open end' interview discovered on the Stanford University Libraries blog

More about me 

Sound recordings and music in general have been lifelong passions of mine as a collector, musician, and former radio host of 'Classical Mondays' on KSFS. In my free time, I also hike, paint, and visit major concert venues in the Bay Area and elsewhere.