Stanford University Libraries has received grants from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for $93,393 and from Save America's Treasures for $225,000 together with a grant to the Monterey Jazz Festival from the GRAMMY Foundation for $40,000 for a three-year project to preserve all of the audio tapes documenting the history of the Monterey Jazz Festival from 1958 to 2001 in digital form.
Once the recordings are digitized, the original tapes will be placed in optimal environmental conditions for long-term preservation. The digital recordings will be fully indexed in a database searchable from any location through the Internet, and a Web page describing the collection will be linked to the Stanford University Libraries and Monterey Jazz Festival Web sites. The recordings will be available for listening, study, and research at the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound. The project will be directed by Hannah Frost, media preservation librarian as project coordinator with Jerry McBride, head librarian of the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound, and Tim Jackson, general manager of the Monterey Jazz Festival, as project directors in coordination with Stanford's newly formed Digital Library Systems and Services in the Stanford University Libraries.
The Monterey Jazz Festival, a nonproﬁt organization dedicated to perpetuating the performance of jazz, was founded in 1958. The Monterey Jazz Festival became established as one of the foremost jazz festivals in the United States and soon received international recognition. The three-day festival—the longest running jazz festival in the world—is held annually in September, and is distinguished for weaving emerging talent alongside the ﬁeld's grand masters. The Monterey Jazz Festival also plays a signiﬁcant role in music education by providing year-round youth jazz education training programs and scholarships.
The Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound is one of the largest collections of historical recordings in the United States with holdings of over 275,000 recordings. Since 1984, the Monterey Jazz Festival has donated all of its recordings to the archive. The collection comprises over 1,200 sound recordings, 370 moving image materials, and paper-based records of the founding organization, including board meeting notes and festival program materials, among others. The collection is an American treasure of unique and irreplaceable recordings of performances by the greatest jazz musicians. [End Page 576]
The Judaica Sound Archives ( JSA) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) libraries (Nathan Tinanoff, director) located in the Wimberly Library at FAU's Boca Raton, Florida, campus, has grown, since its inception in 2002, into a major center for the collection and preservation of Judaica sound recordings with over 60,000 songs in its inventory. Its unique and rapidly expanding Web site (http://faujsa.fau.edu/ [accessed 22 November 2006]) allows visitors to search JSA's extensive 78 rpm database by artist or song title, hear the recorded works of prominent artists, and learn more about JSA's exciting program to rescue recorded Jewish music. The JSA's sound collection includes Jewish popular music, Yiddish theater, Israeli folk, cantorial, and Sephardic music. Dedicated research and listening stations are being installed at FAU's library to offer visitors full access to the cataloged works in the sound collection. The JSA gratefully accepts phonograph recordings of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Sephardic music (both secular and religious) for inclusion in its collection. For further information call 561/297-2207.
The University of North Texas music library has launched its Virtual Rare Book Room, a collection of full-text scans of scores and books, including both manuscripts and prints. Based on the core Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection of twenty-ﬁve operas and ballets that has been on the Web since 1998 (http://www.library.unt.edu/music/lully/ [accessed November 2006]), this collection currently includes an additional eighty-three works. Each work in the Virtual Rare Book Room is represented not only by a full-text PDF of the book or score but also background information, a physical description of the print or manuscript, a bibliographic summary, and, in the case...