FITCHBURG – Fitchburg State University professor Katherine Jewell has been selected by the Library of Congress to join a digital humanities program tasked with preserving college and community radio recordings, according to an announcement from the university.
Jewell, a member of the university’s economics, history and political science department, was named co-chair of the college and community radio division of the National Recording’s Radio Preservation Task Force last year. Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Her new responsibilities will see her join the curatorial team of its recently launched Sound Submissions program, through which community and private collectors will be encouraged to share digitized recordings and associated metadata for the permanent digital archives of the Library of Congress.
The history of college radio has been a topic of research for several years for Jewell, who has two books on the subject in development. One of them confronts the richness of sources in the history of radio as well as their scarcity and endangered status.
“Many college and community radio recordings reside in private collections, often on tapes stored in attics or basements,” Jewell said. “This project goes beyond the research subject of my book and aims to preserve these sources for future researchers and to ensure the diversity of the archives and the cultural history of the country.”
Through the Sound Submissions program, collection holders preserve their digital files while retaining the original physical medium. The digital recordings are held by the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va., And library users can listen to the recordings on-site at the NAVCC Recorded Sound Research Center in Washington, DC.
Sound Submissions addresses the critical need for long-term digital preservation solutions for sound records while expanding and diversifying the range of cultural and political representation in national collections. Through this initiative, the Radio Preservation Task Force and the Library of Congress aim to promote the preservation and public awareness and appreciation of the national audio heritage, ensuring that recordings are successfully preserved. and accessible to current and future generations.
“As an academic affiliated with this program, Fitchburg State is part of an extensive network of academics, archivists and institutions dedicated to the work of preserving the cultural history and recorded sound of the nation, ”Jewell said. “As a state institution dedicated to community engagement, Fitchburg State is uniquely positioned to coordinate such collection, curatorial and academic work. “