Nathan Coy

Audio digitization specialist

Formally trained and experienced with degrees in librarianship, archival practice, music, and audio production; practitioner of sound recording preservation/capture and sound studio installation at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab. 



  • MLS, Library Science, City University New York Queens College
  • Certificate in Archives, Preservation, and Records Management, City University New York Queens College
  • MA, Music, California State University Chico
  • BA, Music Composition, California State University Chico
  • BA, Music Industry and Technology: Recording Arts, California State University Chico

Professional activities 

Nathan has presented at the Society of California Archivists annual general meeting, the Society of American Archivists national convention, and had an article published in the Society of American Archivists Recorded Sound Round Table newsletter.

More about me 

His transfers have been used in productions including  Boardwalk Empire, BBC documentaries, and CD reissues. He has worked in various capacities carrying out library work at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the New York Public Radio Archives, public libraries, and UC Santa Barbara.

Prior to entering professional librarianship Nathan worked as Jazz Director and on air talent at an NPR affiliate and performed on french horn in venues ranging from Avery Fisher Hall to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. He studied horn with David Jolley (renowned chamber musician), Kendall Betts (former principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra), and Pete Nowlen (director of bands at UC Davis).  

Although now a permenent resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nathan was born and raised in the northern Sacramento valley which led Nathan to a deep commitment to preserving the history of California along with advocating for economically, culturally, and georaphically underrepresented communities in the state. In addition to information equity, Nathan has an interest in the preservation of the coast, deserts, valleys, and mountains of California where he first line caught chinook and the now endangered coho salmon (due to reproductive habitat loss; among other things) and hiked as a child.