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Archive of Recorded Sound

Request digital copies

The Archive of Recorded Sound provides reproductions of sound recordings and scans of physical documents available in its collections in accordance with U.S. copyright law and Stanford University Libraries policy. Patrons requesting duplication services should be specific about the subject, scope, and purpose of their request. In some cases, written permission from the copyright holder or trustee may be required. All duplication requests must be submitted via an official request form wherein the requester agrees to comply with the “fair use” provisions of the U.S. copyright law.

Duplications are provided free of charge to the Stanford community for classroom use or specific coursework requirements.

Requests for duplications from researchers outside of the Stanford Community are accepted but only when the recording is necessary for scholarship or research and the recording is not otherwise available for purchase at a fair price. Outside requests are subject to a fee. Priority is given to Stanford requests, with all others being completed on a time-available basis.  

The Archive does not duplicate recordings from a patron’s private collection.

Audio transfers are supplied as CD quality .wav files (44.1kHz) with the exception of spoken word recordings which are provided as .mp3 files (160 Kbps). Files are sent to patrons via Box. Also included in the price of each transfer are images of the original audio carrier, e.g disc labels on a 78 rpm disc.