Hello Rounder CD Collection Archives backers. James O'Brien writing. Very pleased to tell you that the sorting and cataloguing effort has begun.
I spent several days with the archives last month, working with Gavin Kleespies and Sarah Gluck on what the finding aid should include and how it should read. We then set about laying out all of the collection and revising our understanding — on the level of an overview — of what is in each box. [Photo below.]
After that, it was time to hole up in the offices and enter data. In this way, we start to grasp the variables and questions that emerge during these kind of undertakings. The good news: we're well on our way. Special thanks to Bill Nowlin, who's helped already in our work to make new sense out of the labels, imprints, series, and distribution arrangements that surround the collection.
One of the details that strikes me already, digging into the liner notes of many albums, is that so many of the same players showed up on each other's recordings. A close-knit community, especially among the bluegrass and old-time musicians of the 1970s and 1980s.
News on our end of things should also include that we're presenting the progress we've made with the project at a Nov. 14 talk, to be held at the Cambridge Historical Society, starting at 6 p.m. Co-hosted by the New England Folk Music Archives, there will be live music and refreshments.
[Note: this is not the reception that is specified in the project rewards. That comes later, when the archives are in order.]
While in town for the talk, I plan to spend some more time working on the collection. Thanks, as always, for your excellent support. I hope to meet and see some of you at the presentation, next week.