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Using the Archives

Marr Sound Archives staff provide collection access for in-person researchers and respond to email and phone inquiries during regular department hours. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are strongly recommended for large research projects and in-depth reference assistance. Staff retrieve all requested material for researchers to consult on-site in designated research areas.

Physical Items

All physical items in our commercial collection (i.e. LPs, 78s, 45s, CDs) can be requested for use in our listening room, but cannot be checked out of the archive.

Duplication of Physical Items

Some of our commercially published items can be requested for digital duplication if the item is out of print and not available elsewhere (ex. Spotify, iTunes).

In most cases, unique archival items (ex. lacquer discs, open reel tape, cassettes) are not available for physical use due to format degradation issues. These items are digitized upon requests (or provided at once if already digitized) for users. These request will be fulfilled in the form of a link that provides live-streaming playback. Users have to fill out the Duplication Request Form (PDF) for these requests or order a copy.

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