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Annual Conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)
Vienna, September 1999


Annual Conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual
Archives (IASA)
Vienna, Austria
September 18‹23, 1999

A Century of Sound Archiving

The first sound archives, known as phonogram archives, were founded at the
turn of the century, among others, in Vienna and Berlin. Their original
scope was limited to the spoken word and cultural traditions.
Subsequently, these archives and their followers, archives of sound and
audiovisual documents, most of which have been concerned with recorded
music, preserve a vast proportion of the 20th-century heritage. In fact,
it is impossible to consider the life of our century without reference to
recorded sound and the business of sound archives. TodayŒs life cannot be
thought of any more without storage and retrieval of sound. 

The centenary of the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences,
Vienna, is an appropriate context for the theme of IASAŒs next annual
conference in 1999 on the historic aspects of sound archiving. Scholars
and archivists of all areas connected with recorded sound ­ musicologists,
ethnologists, technicians, historians, sociologists, etc. ­ are invited to
give 20-minute presentations on topics such as rare historical formats,
history of field recording, artistic attitudes to sound recording,
training for audiovisual archivists, national differences of sound
archiving, and sound recordings as primary source material for research. A
selection of these will be published subsequently in the IASA Journal, the
AssociationŒs scholarly review. The conference language will be English.
Please submit abstracts of a maximum of 150 words by 1 March 1999 to: 

Dr. Martin Elste
Vice President, IASA
Tiergartenstrasse 1
D-10785 Berlin

All abstracts will be screened by the IASA programme committee and
applicants will be informed if their contributions are accepted by 15 May