ISS Project Featured at Rubenstein Library

On September 1 the Rubenstein Library will officially open an exhibit drawing on their collection of Music resources. Join us at 3-5pm at Rubenstein's Library for the open house for the whole exhibit: "The Common Ground We Meet Upon: Exhibit Open House."

The ISS co-sponsored NC Jukebox project will display research resources associated with Frank Clyde Brown, the Duke English professor turned songcatcher who recorded many Western North Carolina singers in the 1920s to 1940s, using wax cylinders and other historic media to make his recordings. The exhibit includes example recording technologies, letters from his correspondence, photographs of some of the singers, and other materials associated with the musicians whose work he shared and recorded. Users may also visit an interactive kiosk to hear some of the recordings that have been transferred to digital formats.

Duke Libraries are the recipient of a CLIR Hidden Collections grant that will enable them to digitize all of Brown's recordings, so the NC Jukebox team will continue to have lots of exciting material to explore in the months and years ahead. Check out the Library Blog post documenting the epic journey of the materials to be digitized.

NC Jukebox is a Bass Connections project led by Trudi Abel, Duke Libraries, and Victoria Szabo, Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Information Science + Studies. For more information on the project see the Bass Connections site.