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Designing an Audio Suite

The following is a guest post by Cary O’Dell, Boards Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board. Achieving excellent recorded sound quality is not only a matter of personnel and equipment but also the environment. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation there are eight rooms specifically designed for optimal sound recording. […]

Smokey Robinson Receives Gershwin Prize for American Song

Last night, Wednesday, November 16, Smokey Robinson, a rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, received the Library’s Gershwin Prize for American Song. The gala award event, featuring prominent performers and musicians was held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.  Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden presented the award. […]

John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’ On the Air: The Story of the 1946 Radio Production

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, and Matt Barton, Curator, Recorded Sound. “This chronicle of suffering and destruction is not presented in defense of an enemy. It is broadcast as a warning that what happened to the people of Hiroshima, a year ago, could next happen anywhere.” So […]

Mystery Photos #1: Who’s That Lady?

While it’s natural that people would associate the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division with, well, film, video, and sound recordings, we have a tremendous amount of associated documentation like scripts, lobby cards, pressbooks, and copyright descriptive material. We also have well more than a million publicity stills, a fraction of which we’ve used […]

Now Playing at the Library of Congress (August 11-13, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, a Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. AT THE PACKARD CAMPUS THEATER, CULPEPER, VA: Thursday, August 11 (7:30 p.m.) Raise the Red Lantern (Orion Classics, 1991) This spectacularly photographed, sumptuously colored drama set in Northern China in the 1920s tells the story of 19-year-old Songlian (Gong […]

Marshall Crenshaw! Malpass Brothers!–LIVE! FREE! Concerts!!

On Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7pm, Grammy-nominated performing artist Marshall Crenshaw will perform a LIVE concert at the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, VA.  The Packard Campus is located at 19053 Mt. Pony Road in Culpeper, VA. MARSHALL CRENSHAW SHOW IS SOLD OUT! SOME SEATING STILL AVAILABLE FOR MAPLASS BROTHERS. Seating is FREE but […]

Bob Hope and D-Day: an unconventional season finale

The following is a guest post by David Jackson, Archivist, Bob Hope Collection, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation. Recently I began the task of processing the papers for the Bob Hope Collection, held in the Recorded Sound Section, at the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. The papers complement the moving […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus (May 13-15, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Friday, May 13 (7:30 p.m.) Come On Down!: A TV Game Show Retrospective (1950-1970) The password is “FUN” as the Packard Campus digs into the vaults and “comes on down” for this one-night retrospective of some of TV’s biggest […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 29-30, 2016)

The following is a guest post by Matt Barton, curator of Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress. Friday, April 29 (7:30 p.m.) GLAM AND METAL ROCK DOC DOUBLE FEATURE Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (20th Century Fox, 1973) On July 3rd, 1973, David Bowie assumed his “Ziggy Stardust” persona on stage for […]

The Packard Campus Welcomes the 10th Orphan Film Symposium, April 6-9, 2016

In just a few weeks—April 6-9, 2016—the Packard Campus will host the tenth edition of the Orphan Film Symposium, an international gathering of (as the web site puts it) “archivists, scholars, curators, preservationists, technical experts, artists, and media-makers” to discuss and celebrate orphan films. “Orphans X” is presented in conjunction with New York University Cinema […]