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Program National Recording Preservation Plan

About This Program

The National Recording Preservation Plan has been devised to provide a blueprint to "implement a comprehensive national sound recording preservation program," as mandated in the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000.

The congressionally mandated plan spells out 32 short- and long-term recommendations involving both the public and private sectors and covering infrastructure, preservation, access, education and policy strategies.

This website has been created to implement Recommendation 1.6 of the plan, which calls for "a collaborative online resource to collect, vet, and disseminate knowledge and best practices in the field of recorded sound preservation."

Read more about the National Recorded Sound Preservation Study and Plan

Featured Recordings

  • This disc was prepared in 1977 to introduce aurally our planet to any alien intelligence that might encounter the Voyager spacecraft many millions of years in the future. It contains encoded photographs, spoken messages, music and sounds as well as greetings delivered in 55 languages. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2007.
  • This early orchestral broadcast originated in London on March 14, 1925 crossed the Atlantic where it was picked up by an RCA transmitter in Maine, and then relayed to stations WJZ in New York and WRC in Washington, DC, the first time the world had been so link by radio airwaves and sound. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2007.
  • These words, spoken by Neil Armstrong on July 21, 1969, were the first broadcast from the moon. They have become some of the most recognizable and memorable sentences spoken in United States history. This recording was added to the National Recording Registry in 2004.