“Doors Open” — Go Behind–the-Scenes at the Physical Archive of the Internet Archive

Please join us on October 18th 6:00- 8:00 pm as we take a peek behind the doors of the Physical Archive in Richmond, California

In anticipation of launching Democracy’s Library on October 19th we are excited to offer a behind-the-scenes tour of our physical collections of books, music, film, and video in Richmond, California.

With this special insider event we are opening the doors to an often unseen place. See the lifecycle of physical books acquired by the Internet Archive — donation, preservation, digitization, and access. We’ll also present samples from generous donations and acquisitions of books, records, microfiche, and film, and demonstrate the Archive’s high-end motion-picture film scanner.

We look forward to offering this glimpse into a very important part of the Internet Archive in its mission to bring Universal Access to All Knowledge. 

Light refreshments will be provided


Cost: $10


ADDRESS: 2512 Florida Avenue Richmond, CA


6 thoughts on ““Doors Open” — Go Behind–the-Scenes at the Physical Archive of the Internet Archive

  1. Edward

    I have a collection of > 8,500 LPs, 78’s, 45’s, collections, and box sets from Classical to Jazz to Pop to Country.
    I have been collecting since I was 12 years old. (I’m 73 now.)
    At least 18-20% of the materials are no longet available commercially. I know because I have been looking for at least 30 years.

    I will never donate any to the Digital Archive when they digitize and then only offer samples.
    A shame that so much of this music will die on the vine.

    1. Brewster Kahle Post author

      I understand the problem of a lack of access. We are making progress, but it is pathetically slow.

      78rpm records are completely available. Pre-1971 out-of-print can be made completely available by a library:
      https://archive.org/details/unlockedrecordings (based on a recent law change in the US).

      We have many recordings that are also available, but most recent commercial recordings we have digitized are still just samples.


  2. Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

    I would love to go to the event, but can’t. At and after the event, shoot some photos of it to archive at the Archive. The Internet Archives documentation photography needs to be improved. I would be glad to do it, but I am on the other side of the country.

    Audio samples?

    I thought the I.A. only gives samples of some material due to copyright and not time constraints, but I am just speculating. In any case, I hate the sampling and only make use of them as a last resort.

    As far as donating L.P.’s?

    If you want something done to certain standards, it is best to do it yourself and donate the digital files. If the job is too massive and you can’t finish it all; then some of it archived is better than none of it archived.

    If that was all I did full time, I could archive 8500 records in a few years, but I work in many areas of archival preservation. You had mentioned about 18% of the material is extinct. They would be the best candidates to start with. It would make a great legacy project for you to undertake.

    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Film Archive
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Advertising Archive
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. VHS Video Archive
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Popular Culture Archive
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Audio Archive
    Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Social Documentary Photography

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