Jan 23, 2008    #170
Contact: Angela Turner

UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library awarded Andrew W. Mellon grant to maintain recording collection

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Miller Nichols Library has received a $502,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will help UMKC maintain and share one of the library’s richest radio collections in its Marr Sound Archives.

“This grant is an honor,” said Sharon Bostick, Ph.D., dean of University Libraries. “We are so proud to have received such a generous first time award from this very prestigious institution.”

While many of history’s radio and music recordings have long disappeared, UMKC’s Marr Sound Archives preserves these historic sounds for future generations.

The Mellon grant will support a cataloging project for the J. David Goldin Collection, which represents a portion of the more than 290,000 unique items that comprise the Marr Sound Archives.

J. David Goldin, a leading authority on historic radio programs, contributed nearly 10,000 items to the Marr Sound Archives. The Goldin Collection consists of 16-inch instantaneous cut acetate discs and pressed recordings – dating from 1935 to 1950 – each 30 minutes in length and produced for broadcast. These delicate recordings are not preserved in any other form or format.

The cataloging project will make the contents of these rare, original sound recordings available for the first time to academic researchers world-wide through on-line catalog access. The project will begin Jan. 1, 2008, and is expected to continue through Dec. 31, 2010.

The upcoming expansion and renovation of Miller Nichols Library will allow for sustained growth of collections, such as the Marr Sound Archives.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.

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