From Disc to Digital: Sharing a Private Collection with the World
Traditions in Dialogue lecture with Jeanette Casey
Free and Open to the Public
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Memorial Library, Room 126, 728 State St.
How does fabulous material make the journey from collector to institution to community? Join Mills Music Library Head Jeanette Casey and Music Technical Services Librarian Matt Appleby as they share their travails taking the largest private collection of Yiddish 78rpm recordings into a freely accessible digital collection. The Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings is unique in its comprehensive scale and scope. Over 9,000 recorded performances on 78-rpm discs and cylinders include Yiddish theater, popular and traditional music, cantorial songs, klezmer music, poetry, drama, and event ballads from locations as diverse as the United States, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Africa, and Israel. The contents offer an unparalleled audio entrée into the vibrant, fascinating cultural practices of early- mid 20th century Yiddish life.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and is part of a series of lectures and how-to workshops regarding the significant impact that private collections and archives can have on the community at large presented by Traditions in Dialogue: Nordic-American Communities and Their Arts in Local and Transnational Contexts. Traditions in Dialogue is a part of the Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshops in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fall 2017 schedule:
- September 12: Remembering Bob Andresen: A Praise Song for a Proto-Archivist, with Jim Leary
- September 19: Recording Your Own Story [Workshop], with Troy Reeves, Head, Oral History Program, University Archives
- October 3: From Disc to Digital: Sharing a Private Collection with the World, with Jeanette Casey, Head, Mills Music Library
- October 24: Collecting, Hoarding, and Sorting: Creating Personal Archives [Workshop], with Nathan Gibson, Ethnic American Music Curator, Mills Music Library
- November 7: Presenting Your Own Story [Workshop], with the DesignLab*
- November 14: Language as History: Nordic Sound Recordings from the Upper Midwest, with Joe Salmons, Mirva Johnson, and David Natvig
All events are free and open to the public, and will be held from 5:30pm-6:30pm in Memorial Library, Room 126, except for *November 7 event, which will be hosted in DesignLab Media Studio A, College Library.