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Benjamin Bates

Archives Specialist


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Benjamin's role in the library

As Archives Specialist at the Archive of Recorded Sound (ARS), I am primarily focused on discoverability and access for the Archive's vast collection of sound recordings and other relevant materials.  My duties also include the initial processing/cataloging of unique, archival items, and public reference assistance.

Recent projects include:

University of California, Santa Cruz Contemporary Classical Collection

Maria Jesus Casado Garcia-Sampedro Piano Roll Collection

Thomas Quilter Collection (Irish Folk Music)

Paul F. Roth American Dance Band Collection

Sezen Family Collection (Turkish, Armenian, Greek, and Jewish music)

Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls


Selected publications

Ethel Merman 'open-end' interview discovered on the Stanford University Libraries blog

Irish folk music revisited on the Stanford University Libraries blog

Treasures from the Archive of Recorded Sound on the Stanford University Libraries blog

More about Benjamin

Now approaching my 6th year at Stanford Libraries, I have previously served as Interim Operations Manager and Acquistions Processor for ARS and Cataloging Assistant at Stanford Music Library.

Sound recordings and music in general have been a lifelong passion for me as modest collector and former violinist in the San Francisco State University Orchestra.  At Stanford, I am glad to put this passion to good use.  In 2014, I curated my first exhibition, Treasures from the Archive of Recorded Sound, showcasing early 20th century rare photographs and sound recordings from the Archive's holdings.


MLIS, Library and Information Science, San Jose State University
MPA, Public Administration, San Francisco State University
BA, Special Major - Sound Design, San Francisco State University