The vision – archival nonprofit side

I envision the nonprofit archive as a thriving international resource for fans, academic researchers, historians, musicologists, and those exploring the social effects of new technologies used creatively.

I believe Elana would have been amazed and humbled at her work getting the recognition it deserves. It’s an important record of a historical time of enormous transition in technology, art, and society. I would love to see the archive grow to include other newsletters, personal journals, studio notes, business records, technical documents, from artists, publishers, record companies, equipment manufacturers and others with information to contribute.

Many industries have some kind of collaboratively sponsored way to honor their own heritage. This field needs it too.

I see this archive as ultimately outliving me, the raw materials donated to a university library or music conservatory. The story of this creative field should be kept safely secure and available, not lost too soon into the sands of time.

During my life, I see the archive, through the years, getting to a point that someone with a graduate education in library science, or work experience as a curator, would be both needed and affordable by the nonprofit.

As much as possible should be made available online. Some might need to be held back for a time. For an example, Michael Jackson’s recording engineer only discussed some of his trade secrets from the studio a long time after the albums were released. In every field, sometimes donated papers like personal journals or business information are asked to remain unpublished for a number of years, or until someone retires, etc. Those requests should be honored. For everything that can be shared, uploaded scans should be readily available to everyone. The originals should be available for researchers who really need to go through the source documents in person.

Continue on to the business side of my vision for DreamCircle.