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Subject: Magnetic media preservation consultant

Magnetic media preservation consultant

From: Walter Henry <whenry>
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 1994
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    Date: 15 Aug 94
    From: Tom Ruller <tom [at] unix6__nysed__gov>
    Subject: Help finding magnetic media preservation consultant
    To: Multiple recipients of list ERECS-L <ERECS-L [at] albnyvm1__bitnet>

    We have a problem here at NPR with the quarter inch analog tape
    stock that we used in the late 1970s. All of the tape that we used
    at that time has sticky shed syndrome.

    We are talking with a national organization that is interested in
    funding a project to dub the thousands of tapes with sticky shed
    onto fresh analog tape. This funder wants us to hire an outside
    consultant to sample the condition of the tapes and estimate how
    much the project will cost.

    I have a call into the National Media Laboratory in St Paul. But can
    anyone tell me what other consultants/organizations are expert in
    magnetic tape deterioration?

    I'm also interested in what policies other magnetic tape archives
    have to routinely sample tape condition or dub masters on to fresh
    tape stock. From the few telephone calls I've made to colleagues, I
    gather that very few archives have the money to make regular dubs.
    Thanks for your help!

    Rob Robinson
    (Acting) Senior Librarian
    National Public Radio
    635 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001
    Fax: 202-414-3329

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