This Week in NDSA: Digitizing reel-to-reel tapes from the Burton’s Ernie Harwell Collection

This Week in NDSA, Digital Liaison Mike Dutkewych continued work on an audio digitization project for the Detroit Public Library’s Burton Historical Collection. For the last several weeks, Mike and two other volunteers from the WSU School of Library & Information Science have been utilizing the school’s Digital Media Projects Lab to assess and digitize a box of reel-to-reel tapes from the Burton’s Ernie Harwell Collection. Although some tapes show signs of degradation, most are in fine shape and offer a unique (and fantastic sounding) glimpse into the early years of one of America’s most storied sports broadcasters. The students are using the SLIS DMPL’s Ampex ATR-100 reel-to-reel tape machine and Audacity 2.1.1 open-source audio editing software to digitize the half-a-century-old recordings.harwell01 harwell02 harwell03


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