Now Hear This!: Observations on Building Local Music Collections

  Sara Outhier, University of North Texas; Margaret Gilmore, DC Public Library; John Vallier, University of Washington; Kate Hujda, Minnesota Underground Music Archive; Andy Leach, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Building a local music collection can be a daunting project. Do you collect one genre or all genres of a local scene? How do you work with donors? Do you collect digital items and how? What rights issues must you plan for? How do you promote the collection? This panel will explore these issues and more.

The DC Punk Archive consists of photos, zines, books, recordings, posters, set lists, tickets, buttons, and more. The archive produces the very popular Library Basement Show series. Margaret Gilmore will describe the collection, processes, and how outreach allows the archive to flourish.

At UW in Seattle, John Vallier has worked for over a decade to curate, preserve, and disseminate a growing archive of local music. From jazz and opera to funk to punk, he has collected over 10,000 commercial and unpublished recordings. He will discuss the archive’s hip hop and other local music holdings.

The Minnesota Underground Music Archive is a community-driven archive covering local underground music in all genres. Kate Hujda will explain MUMA’s curation model, how the Performing Arts Archives supports MUMA, and how MUMA became a resource for researchers, classes, and other institutions.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s NEO Sound collects and preserves materials on Northeast Ohio music, collecting archival collections and library materials focused on popular music, radio stations, record labels, studios, and venues in NE Ohio. Andy Leach will cover NEO Sound’s activities and future plans.

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