[78-L] Gennett archives available digitally

Michael Biel mbiel at mbiel.com
Mon Jun 28 23:43:24 PDT 2010

Where is Indiana University East located?  I assume it is somewhere in
Eastern Indiana, but that covers a lot of territory.  The embedded links
were not included in the forwarded version here.  

Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com 

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Subject: [78-L] Gennett archives available digitally
From: Cary Ginell <soundthink at live.com>
Date: Fri, June 25, 2010 4:38 pm
To: <78-l at klickitat.78online.com>

Media Release
Gennett/IU Archives
June 18, 2010
Starr-Gennett Foundation, IU East release historic digital recordings 
The Starr-Gennett Foundation and Indiana University East have partnered
to make over 300 digital recordings available to the public. The Gennett
Record label has national significance in the world of music and
American culture.
The public is welcome to attend the open house on the second floor of
the IU East Campus Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30.
During the open house, recordings will be available to listen to and the
library staff will give a tutorial on how to access the recordings. 
Terri Hardy, executive director of the Starr-Gennett Foundation, said
the foundation was thankful to the Indiana University Archive of
Traditional Music and IU East for their support in this project.
"Making the history of Gennett Records available to everyone is very
significant to preserve our heritage. The record company launched stars
such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Gene Autry, but also helped
make America's regional and ethnic music universally popular throughout
the country and abroad."
The project has been in the works since 2003. The phonograph records
were sent to Disc Mastering in Nashville, Tenn., to be digitalized and
catalogued. The project was funded in part by a National Recording Arts
and Sciences (NARAS) grant. 
Starr-Gennett Foundation archived the digital recordings through the IU
Archive of Traditional Music. The digital recordings can be accessed at
the IU East Campus Library. 
David Fulton, IU East Chancellor Emeritus, is the treasurer of the
Starr-Gennett Foundation Board. 
"The purpose of this whole project was to preserve the historic music
recorded by Gennett Records and to make it available to the public,"
Fulton said. "All of the recordings from the late 1900s to the late
1920s were recorded with various types of technology. As a result, it is
very uncertain if you could hear all the music unless you had the
special equipment."
Now the music is available to faculty, students and the public through
the digital recordings, he added. "We are fortunate to have this unique
music resource available for current and future use," said Frances
Yates, director of the IU East Campus Library. "It is a wonderful
example of the past being brought to the present through
campus-community collaboration."
For more information go online to the Starr-Gennett Foundation or to the
IU East Campus Library. 
(links will be embedded in the release.)
Forwarded by Cary Ginell
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