Benjamin E. Bates

Operations Manager, Archive of Recorded Sound

Benjamin E. Bates
(650) 723-9312

As Operations Manager at the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS), My duties include the initial processing of archival items, cataloging, arrangement/description of archival collections, hiring/supervision of student assistants, and public reference.

Recent projects include:

Marty Walker Collection (Contemporary music for clarinet and bass clarinet, documents and ephemera pertaining to world premieres)

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

Ritchie Unterberger Collection (Rock musician interviews)

Fidelity Sound Recordings Collection (Redwood City-based recording company)

Scandinavian Death Metal Collection

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 of archival items, cataloging, arrangement/description of archival collections, hiring/supervision of student assistants, and public reference.

Recent projects include:

Marty Walker Collection (Contemporary music for clarinet and bass clarinet, documents and ephemera pertaining to world premieres)

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

Ritchie Unterberger Collection (Rock musician interviews)

Fidelity Sound Recordings Collection (Redwood City-based recording company)

Scandinavian Death Metal Collection

Education 

  • Certified Archivist, Academy of Certified Archivists
  • MLIS, Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
  • BA, Special Major - Sound Design in Theatre and Broadcasting, San Francisco State University

Professional activities 

Member - Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG)

Member - Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Member - Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA)

Selected publications 

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

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 provide exposure to various musical forms of expression for my inquisitive daughter.

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