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Subject: tapes from Thomas Poulter
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Mon, 07 Jan 2008 15:41:03 -0800
The California Academy of Sciences has a sizable collection of over 2400 
reel-to-reel audio tapes made by Thomas C. Poulter between 1965-1974. We would 
like to donate this collection to an institution that will be interested in 
using and caring for these tapes.

Poulter was a productive acoustic biologist who worked primarily on marine 
animal acoustic communication, although he also worked in terrestrial 
environments and on some non-animal sounds.  Our collection comprises duplicate 
tapes that Poulter produced as safety backups.  Originals are currently housed 
at Cornell's Macaulay Library (of Natural Sounds) in Ithaca, NY.

These tapes were originally accessioned in 1975 to the Department of Birds and 
Mammals at the California Academy of Sciences. The collection is in good 
condition, although they are recorded on aging magnetic media that will not 
last forever. The tapes are already old enough to require specialized equipment 
and special handling to play or backup, and only experienced sound labs should 
consider taking and curating these tapes.

If you are interested in accessioning this collection, or for more information, 
please email me at the address below.


Jack Dumbacher
John P. Dumbacher (Jack)
Curator and Department Chair
Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy
California Academy of Sciences
875 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Phone: 415 321-8369
Fax: 415 321-8637

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