As sound archivists we should all become more fully aware of what is being created now in our particular countries and areas of collecting interest, and how it is being created. We are so often occupied with collecting what ought to have been selected and preserved in previous years that we ignore and fail to take into account material which is currently being generated. We need that are being created before they are offered for inclusion in our institutional archives. This will help make what is often now a most difficult task, a much simpler one for those archival appraisers who follow in our footsteps.

Leslie Waffen is an archivist in the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch of the National Archives and Records Service, Washington DC.
This paper was first given at the IASA conference in Washington DC, 1983.