World Records

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 3:00pm to Friday, April 15, 2016 - 4:00pm



The symposium brings together librarians, collectors, copyright lawyers, record label owners, folklorists, musicologists, students, and lay people to discuss the contemporary concerns of sound archives: how can we account for and help enable the diverse uses of sound recordings as archives increasingly make these materials available online? How are we progressing on the transition of nearly century-old commercial recordings into the public domain? How do we harness the power and possibility of new dissemination platforms, and are old distribution models – reissues, documentaries, etc. – passé?

Our keynote speaker will be Gene DeAnna, Head of the Recorded Sound Section (Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division) at the Library of Congress and whose National Jukebox website has changed how we access historic recordings. You can visit the National Jukebox at

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the School of Music, Mills Music Library, and the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.

All events are free and open to the public.