Research Archives Section

Chair: Janet Topp Fargion
The British Library
Sound and Vision
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Vice-chair: Bertram Lyons
646 Gately Terrace
Wisconsin 53711
Phone: 202-430-4457

Secretary: Aaron M. Bittel
UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive
1630 Schoenberg Music Building
Box 951657
Los Angeles CA 90095-1657
Phone: +1 310 825 1695

Officers of the Research Archives Section (chairpersons, secretaries) are elected within the committee. The committees exclusively decide on the objects and tasks they deal with.

The Research Archives Section concerns itself with special issues relating to audiovisual archives whose holdings include collections of recordings originally made for research purposes.

Mission statement

The Research Archives Section of IASA addresses issues of sound and audiovisual archives whose holdings include collections of unique and usually non-commercial recordings, such as field recordings, curated primarily for research purposes. Research archives share key concerns with other types of sound and audiovisual archives that include preservation, access, acquisition, collection management, documentation, ethics and intellectual property rights. However, the nature of research archive holdings requires strategies and solutions that may diverge from archives whose holdings are primarily broadcast or commercial in scope. Thus, the Research Archives Section promotes discussion, cooperation and coordination of activities among sound and audiovisual research archives, holdings, and collections to support their growth, development, and success in countries all over the world.

Useful links

Archives for the Future. Global Perspectives on Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century, ed. by Anthony Seeger & Shubha Chauduri, 2004.

Audiovisual Archiving: Philosophy and Principles, by Ray Edmondson. Paris: UNESCO, 2004.

Ethical Principles for Sound and Audiovisual Archives

Ethnographic Thesaurus (American Folklore Society)

Field Research Guides (Vermont Folklife Center Archive)

Intellectual Property and the Safeguarding of Traditional Cultures: Legal Issues and Practical Options for Museums, Libraries and Archives (WIPO)

Model forms for fieldwork projects (American Folklife Center / LoC)

Multilingual European Language Social Science Thesaurus (CESSDA)

Research archives: external links

Research Archives Section Forum (IASA members only)

Members who have declared interest in this group (IASA members access)