A Future for Ordinary Folk

A Heritage Lottery funded project of the Charles Parker Archive Trust in partnership with Birmingham City Archives

The aim was to digitise original sound recordings made by Charles Parker on reel to reel tape, and to store the recordings on CD-ROM.  This would enable their preservation and, with the addition of a catalogue of the contents, make them accessible to users.  The recordings, chosen from Charles Parker’s substantial archive, concerned the oral tradition, vernacular speech, folk song and music, the folk revival and popular culture.

Archivists packing up the original tapes after digitisation

1200 of the tapes were digitised onto CD and catalogued during the project.  The original tapes are preserved in a separate store while all documentation relating to them is kept with the listening copy of the CD.  Master copies are also stored at the Library of Birmingham.

The project was launched at the Annual General Meeting 2004.
Here are some photographs of that event, contributed by Doc Rowe.

Project description (this can also be downloaded as a Word file

Administrative History
Custodial History

Arrangement
Scope and Content

Access and Use
Allied Material

Material available elsewhere

Publications

Archivists’ note

Table of contents (this can also be downloaded as a Word file)

All this material is now catalogued on the British Library Discovery website (previously known as Access to Archives or A2A) and links to that site are included in the table of contents.

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