|Cook-05-06-v, from Cook Labs records|
The Moses and Frances Asch Collection project will continue with the assistance of the talented interns in the archives. After over two years of work, we are happy enough with our workflows (influenced by many lessons learned) to make them suitable for independent intern work. While we will continue ushering the Asch project along the road to completion (whatever we eventually decide that means!), we have turned our attention to other important collections in our stacks, thanks to a grant from the Smithsonian's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
|Cook-15-02b-p001, from from Cook Labs records|
I am especially excited to be working with Emory Cook right now--he is by far the most entertainingly quirky character in our stacks, as evidenced by my past posts covering the more charming elements of the collection. Today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite recently digitized materials.The image at the top of this post features a typical Cook-ism: an information card has a space to write down your favorite sound.
Above, a typical issue of Cook's newsletter, The Audio Bucket. I actually guffawed rather loudly when I read the "BURLESQUE FEELS PINCH" headline.
|Cook-13-01-p002-003, from from Cook Labs records|
"Many of them have been so unusual, so off-the-beat, that it would not be possible to put them into even our bizarre catalog, due to what might turn out to be--shall we say--a limited interest. Not everyone wants a record of a steam calliope. But some of this material stands newly revealed in the light of high fidelity as exciting program. Other subject matter is far from being high fidelity at all, but is just curious in its own right."
Look out for future updates on our progress with this great collection! Until then, what's your favorite sound?
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections