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Playing & Copying Old Recordings

Archival boxes protect reel-to-reel
tapes by neutralizing acidic off-gassing
so you can enjoy them for years to come

To properly organize your materials, you may need to watch or listen to them. One of the challenges of preserving and storing video and audio recordings is that many older tapes require projectors or players that are hard to find and keep in good repair today.

As long as the tapes or records are in good condition and not so delicate that playing them will cause damage, you can try to locate a projector or player that is appropriate to the type of recording you have.

You may be able to purchase a player or have your old player repaired, but it may be more cost effective to find a player to borrow. Ask at your local schools, universities and libraries. You may be able to borrow a player to take home or arrange for a time when you can bring your recordings in to watch them at the school or library. As you're watching or listening, be sure to label your recordings for the future — try to identify as many people on the recording as possible, as well as the time and place the recording was made.

A second option is to convert your original recordings to a digital format that can either be played on your computer or your DVD player. Current archival best practices recommend converting all audio and video recordings to digital formats, such as DVD, if possible.

Ask at your local camera shop or historical society to get the name of a good local service near you. There are many companies around the country that specialize in digitizing old video tapes and Super 8 movies and other formats.

The expense of digital conversion can be high, so you may want to borrow a projector or player first and then choose just a few of the most important recordings to digitize. (See the Digital Files section for details about storing and preserving your digital copies.)

Helpful Hint: If your recordings are extremely delicate, don't trust them to just any digitizing service. Ask your local historical society or university library A.V. department to recommend a professional conservator who knows how to handle delicate and antique audio-visual materials.