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That’s Kooper, not Cooper

Al Kooper, may not be as well-known as shock-rocker, Alice Cooper, but he has had a significant impact in the recording industry both behind the scenes and at center stage for several decades. This week we wanted to share an interview with Al Kooper from the Joe Smith Collection in the Recorded Sound Section at the Library of Congress. The Joe Smith collection […]

Now PLaying at the Packard Campus Theater (February 26-28, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Our final week highlighting selections from the National Film Registry. Thursday, February 26 (7:30 p.m.) The Gang’s All Here (20th Century-Fox, 1943) In The Gang’s All Here, a soldier (James Ellison), who turns out to be a rich playboy […]

Still Lost, Mostly

The following is a guest post by Rachel Parker, a Moving Image Processing Technician at the Packard Campus. Last July I was frantically typing away at a laptop in the back of the beautiful Packard Campus theater, transcribing the helpful and solicited comments from Mostly Lost 3 Silent Film Archeology Identification Workshop attendees who were […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (February 19-21, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. More National Film Registry treats this week. Thursday, February 19 (7:30 p.m.) The Big Lebowski (Gramercy, 1998, R-rated *) From the unconventional visionaries Joel and Ethan Coen came this 1998 tale of kidnapping, mistaken identity and bowling. The Coens […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (February 12, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. We’re dark this weekend because of the President’s Day holiday, so only one National Film Registry screening this week…but it’s a good one, well-timed for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Thursday, February 12 (7:30 p.m.) Young Mr. Lincoln (20th Century-Fox, 1939) […]

Grammy Awards

Be sure to tune into the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday.  We’ll be watching it with great interest here in the Recorded Sound Section at the Library of Congress as two members of our technical staff have been nominated! Robert Friedrich, Audio Preservation Specialist at the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center,  has been nominated […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (February 5-7, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. This month, the Packard Campus Theater celebrates the National Film Registry, those films deemed by the Librarian of Congress in consultation with the National Film Preservation Board to be of special cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance. Thursday, Feb. 5 […]

What We’re Reading Now: Recent Additions to the Reference Collection in RSRC

This blog post was co-written with Jan McKee, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. The Recorded Sound Research Center not only provides access to the Library’s sound recordings but it also maintains a collection of reference books that support materials in the collection. These books include discographies, bio-discographies, directories, histories, and technical works […]