Add Kevin Colver's recordings of Western Birds to that list, four
titles, in all.
On Dec 4, 2007, at 2:35 PM, Dan Dugan wrote:
> Dear Colleagues, please read the following:
> >Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2007 09:48:45 -0500
> >From: "Leslie Waffen" <>
> >To: "Dan Dugan" <>
> >Cc: "Sharon Perry" <>
> >Subject: Fwd: Re: Fwd: [78-l] Some help with the National Recording
> > Registry nominations
> >Hi Dan,
> >Thanks for the e-mail. Here is our need. One of the committee's
> >within the National Recording Preservation Board, which meets each
> >year to select 25 sound recordings for the National Recording
> >Registry is a committee for "Environmental Sounds".
> >Of the 225 National REgistry selections so far that have been
> >recognized only the following
> >for the whole list] below have been related to nature and
> >environmental sounds:
> >(1) Steam Locomotive Recordings. O. Winston Link. (6 Vol.:
> >1957-1977). O. Winston Link, a commercial photographer, was a
> >passionate admirer of trains. His well-known photographic essays
> >documented the rich history of steam locomotives. Link also captured
> >sounds and moving images of these trains. His first album of
> >recordings, released in 1957, includes the sounds of Y6, K2, and J
> >class locomotives, and a J 603 locomotive passing as church bells
> >play Christmas carols. Link's recordings captured the unique and
> >now-lost sounds of the engines which united the United States.
> >Selected for the 2003 registry.
> >(2) The old foghorn, Kewaunee, Wis. Recorded by James A. Lipsky.
> >(1972) In the late 19th century, Kewaunee, Wis., one of the great
> >maritime ports of the northern Great Lakes, sought to challenge
> >Chicago as Lake Michigan's supreme port city. Its car ferry and rail
> >loading tracks were constructed in 1891 within a vast program of
> >harbor improvements toward this goal. The port's original fog signal
> >was removed in 1981 when an automated signal was installed. Improved
> >rail connections to other cities led to the ultimate decline of the
> >port; Kewaunee's aspirations were short lived. This recording
> >preserves lost sounds of the once bustling northern lake port.
> >Selected for the 2005 registry.
> >(3) Recordings of Asian elephants by Katharine B. Payne. (1984)
> >Katharine B. Payne's recordings of Asian elephants revealed that the
> >animals use infrasonic sounds to communicate with one another. Such
> >acoustic monitoring of the mammals has provided important insights
> >into the mechanisms by which matrilineal groups of elephants
> >maintain distance among one another over time and how males locate
> >receptive females. In addition, the use of recordings has proven a
> >very effective method for surveying populations of elephants. It has
> >opened new windows into the complex lives of elephants and provided
> >a tool for conservation. The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at
> >Cornell University holds this important collection of recordings.
> >Selected for the 2004 registry.
> >Our committee needs to consider other potential nominations of
> >nature/environmental recordings or group of recordings. Would you
> >or your group be able to assist us in identifying 3 or 4 worthy
> >candidates to put forward for consideration by the Board? Again the
> >registry is for existing sound recordings, not recordists. So as you
> >will see in the rather eclectic Master List the criteria is for the
> >first, or most famous, or outstanding example(s), that exist and are
> >over 10 years old of the various recording genres, or for a
> >collection that is worthy of recognition, but in danger of being
> >lost and needs preservation.
> >Your assistance would be appreciated. The 5 members of my committee.
> >while recording experts in documentary, spoken word, and radio
> >broadcasts, do not have a depth of knowledge or expertise in the
> >history of environmental/nature sound recordings.
> >And of course, for this year, our deadline is short, the Board meets
> >on December 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. However even if the
> >deadline is not met for this year, we can use the information and
> >put nominations forward later for next year's consideration.
> >Les Waffen
> >Motion Picture, Sound & Video Recordings
> >National Archives
> An off-the-top list that Paul Matzner and I put together this
> morning includes:
> Roger Tory Peterson's recordings of North American birds.
> Roger Payne's recordings of the humpback whale that were an insert to
> National Geographic Magazine, and the subsequent LP Songs of the
> Humpback Whale.
> George & Ginny Trumbull's recordings of the nene.
> Luis Baptista's recordings of the white-crowned sparrow that
> elucidated local dialects in birdsong.
> The Environments series of LPs.
> Gordon Hempton's dawn chorus around the world CD.
> Bernie Krause's recordings of the mountain gorillas.
> Doug Quinn's recordings of Weddell seals and Antarctic environments.
> How about it? We could use the polling feature of this group to
> choose from the suggestions people submit. Short deadline!
> -Dan Dugan
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
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