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Historical sound recordings and films

I know that institutions such as NLA and ABC hold huge archives of recordings of Australian history - historical music, news coverage of significant events, oral history interviews and so on.

 

Here's the NLA talking about some of their audio recordings

http://www.nla.gov.au/fishtrout/

and here's some of the gems in the National Film and Sound ARchive

http://www.nfsa.gov.au/the_collection/

 

the USA has loads of their historical recordings available for display and re-use.

Here's heaps of old movie footage

http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger

here's heaps of old radio shows:

http://www.archive.org/details/oldtimeradio

 

These materials are fantastic for education, for artistic re-use, for sampling, for research... but all those uses are prevented or made much harder by keeping them locked away on cassettes and films in the vaults of institutions rather than available online.

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