Sound of the Archives

a podcast dedicated to archives

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10: Genealogy Stories

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Join Laura for her genealogy-themed episode! We believe family history should be much more celebrated in the archival world, and bring you two stories as evidence. In this episode, Michelle Dubert-Bellrichard tells the story of a wonderful coincidence and Lee Grady relates a reference interview gone terribly right.


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09: Recordings from Across the Pond

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Join us for an interview with new contributor Brian Miller, a SLIS student who lives in Minneapolis doing cool things with Irish music, and Chris Wright, artist-in-residence at Tobar an Dualchais, a project dedicated to collection and making accessible Gaelic and Scots oral recordings. You can read more about the project at their website:

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Midwest Archives Conference 2013

MACSotASessionOur session at the Midwest Archives Conference was a rousing success. Thank you for all of the support. We are so happy to have inspired so many people and connected with so many strangers. The whole experience was a great thing for us. Thank you.

If you’re interested in our handout from the session, which includes the resources we use as well as examples of great podcasts to emulate, please click here.

If you’re interested in our slides from the session, please click here.

If you’d like to see those videos of the editing process, please click here.

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08: SotA and SAADA

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Sound of the Archives meets South Asian American Digital Archive … and GREAT THINGS HAPPEN. Samip Mallick, founder of SAADA, talks about the concepts the community archive is founded upon, such as a post-custodial model and digital repatriation. He also speaks about things that every archival institution needs to think about: metadata and outreach!

“A community without its records is a community under siege,
defending itself, its identity, and its version of history
without a firm foundation on which to stand.”

Learn more about the archive here:

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07: Ruthie and Jim’s Lovely Letters

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Sound of the Archives teamed up with SLIS grad student Shannon Wilsey, who writes the blog Letters to Ruthie, to share these funny, light-hearted, sweet, and heartfelt letters in honor of luuuuuuuuv month. We hope you enjoy hearing the words of Jim and Ruthie, two lovebirds courting in the early 1940s while Jim was away for army training. This is one of the most-stated reasons for becoming an archivist anyway: so we get to read other peoples’ love letters!

For more letters, head to Shannon’s blog:

Ruthie & Jim on a Picnic

Ruthie & Jim on a Picnic

How’d you meet your beau or sweetheart? Dana met hers in a library! :)

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06: Archives Month and Outreach

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Welcome to this very late podcast release! As said in the podcast, this was supposed to come out mid-November but life got in the way. We hope you’ll excuse us.

This episode highlights many things: Archives Month, its history, and how Texas celebrates it; outreach at the Minnesota History Center; and outreach in a private sector setting.

Some of the links mentioned in the podcast:

This episode was presented to you by Dana Gerber, Prairie Hady, Sarah McDole, and Audra Hilse. Also, thank you to the Free Music Archive!

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Outreach on its way

Hi dear listeners!

We want to thank you for your continued support in listening to the podcast and following our pages. We really appreciate it, and as with all projects, we couldn’t do it without your interest (and ears!).

In honor of Archives Month in October, we decided to do an outreach episode. The plan was to have it out after October and do a nice wrap-up of what some archives around the country did for Archives Month and other projects. However, due to initially a size limit on our hosting server, we didn’t get it out by mid-November. Then due to our schedules as full-time students and working/volunteering as close to full-time as possible, it’s been very difficult to spend time on the Sound of the Archives project. The end of the semester has swamped all of us, but we hope to come out of it soon.

Then, we will able to provide you with the next fun episode!

Thank you again,

members of SotA