From the archives / Sounds of history ‘at great risk’, say US researchers

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"Sound recordings forming part of our cultural history are in grave danger of disappearing, says a comprehensive report from the US Library of Congress. The report warned of both the physical and legal barriers to the preservation of sound recordings old and new. Lack of access to older recordings mean that only 14% of pre-1965 US recordings are available to the public. The report also warns that no comprehensive programme exists to preserve "born digital" recordings."

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