February ART Meeting — Archive of Contemporary Music

ARSC New York Chapter
February 2010 Meeting

Thursday, 2/18/10

ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White St., Tribeca, New York


SUBWAY: Take #1 to Franklin St; A,C,E and the N,Q,R,W to
Canal Street at Broadway, or #6 to Canal at Lafayette. White Street is three
blocks South of Canal Street and one block North of Franklin Street, between W. Broadway and Broadway

Meeting from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
~ doors (and refreshments) at 6:30 ~
voluntary contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!

Sam Stephenson, director of the Jazz Loft Project at the
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Christopher Lacinak of
AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.


From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. Smith’s work has remained in archives until now. The Jazz Loft Project is dedicated to uncovering the stories behind this legendary moment in American cultural history.

Sam Stephensonis a writer and director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center
for Documentary Studies at Duke University. His book, The Jazz Loft Project: The Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in November 2009. He has been studying the life and work of Smith for thirteen years, authoring two additional books about him. His biography of Smith, Picture Paradise, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Christopher Lacinak has consulted on a broad range of preservation and access topics for moving image and sound collections and organizations. Some of his past and current clients include the Library of Congress, Stanford University and the Image Permanence Institute. Chris is a former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at VidiPax, a well-established magnetic media preservation reformatting facility, and is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Masters Degree program. Chris continues to remain active and chair committees in relevant and standards forming organizations such as the Audio Engineering Society, Association of Moving Image Archivists and the International Organization for Standardization. Chris is well known for his work in developing high efficiency reformatting systems, quality control systems, metadata standards, assessment, prioritization and workflow design.

AudioVisual Preservation Solutions is a consulting firm that provides effective
individualized solutions for collections of moving image and sound regardless of size, variety of formats, or budget range.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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