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Tuesday, October 1 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Handle with care: Managing radio collections related to the second world war

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In the first issue of Phonographic Bulletin in 1971, IASA co-founder and secretary Rolf Schuursma detailed the process of managing historical collections held by the NOS (Netherlands broadcast organization), with a particular focus on recordings of Dutch-language radio during the Second World War. On the occasion of IASA’s 50th conference, this roundtable discussion will revisit this theme of radio collections related to the Second World War. In the European context, heritage institutions have been often faced with limited provenance information, often exacerbated by the turbulent conditions of occupation, war and its aftermath, and the process, in the post-1945 era, by which tape copies were exchanged of materials that had been relocated or dislocated, which were then re-absorbed into national broadcast archives. What kinds of historical materials do radio archives hold today? Are WWII-era recordings still used in radio production or for education purposes, and if so, how? What is the potential for improving knowledge about these materials? And what are the specific challenges to contextualizing such materials today? The roundtable participants will provide insights into the specific recorded sound materials that their respective institutions have acquired and now manage, and the discussion will reflect on the possibilities for further exchange and future cooperation in the European context and beyond.


Florence Gillet

Responsible for digital access to collections., CegeSoma (State Archives)
Florence Gillet is history licentiate at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She has dedicated her thesis to Belgian colonial propaganda in the United States during the Second World War. Since the summer of 2013, she has also obtained a master in Sciences et Technologies de l'Information... Read More →
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Carolyn Birdsall

Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Vice-Chair of IASA's Broadcast Archives Section (BAS). I'm interested in the early history of radio archiving in Europe and beyond, for which I'm currently leading a funded research project "Tracking Radio Archival... Read More →
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Richard Ranft

IASA Board / IAML webmaster
Richard Ranft serves on the Executive Board of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) and is webmaster for the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML). Until 2020 he was Head of Sound & Vision at the British... Read More →
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Bas Agterberg

Curator, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
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Friedrich Dethlefs

Head of the radio department at the DRA, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv
Friedrich Dethlefs is head of the radio department at the DRA (Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv/German Broadcasting Archive). He oversees the documentation and digitization of the audio collection, which focuses on the recordings of the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft (1929-1945) and GDR radio... Read More →

Tuesday October 1, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm BST
Theatre 2