Celebrating the 100,000th Sound Recording Cataloged, Generous Donations of Funds and Music, and Leadership in the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

Bonna Boettcher, Chair of the Department of Archival Collections and Branches and Head Librarian of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives

100,000th SRA Sound Recording Cataloged!
On January 7, 2004, William Schurk, Sound Recordings Archivist, and Patricia Falk, Special Collections Cataloger, cataloged the 100,00th sound recording for the Sound Recordings Archives (SRA) collection. Schurk had been tracking the number of cataloged recordings for several years, and as 100,000 approached, he began considering which recording should have the honor of being 100,000th in the catalog. Although the SRA collections include nearly all known formats, vinyl is the hallmark of the collection. Schurk decided that the chosen recording should be an LP; and so, appropriately selected Elvis 2nd to None, a two-disc set of classic and previously unreleased Elvis recordings.

Dr. Neal Carothers Establishes Purchase Fund for Sound Recordings Archives.
Dr. Neal Carothers, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at BSGU, generously established a fund to augment the Sound Recordings Archives (SRA) acquisitions budget. Intrigued by the SRA collections, Carothers expressed his desire to contribute in some way. The purchase fund allows William Schurk, Sound Recordings Archivist, to select materials for the SRA collections that are outside what can be funded through SRA acquisitions funds. Initial purchases from this fund include CD re-releases of Louis Jordan’s complete Decca recordings, the Cadillacs’ complete Josie sessions, a collection of early Merle Haggard recordings, and an 8-CD retrospective of Neil Sedaka recordings; all had been on Schurk’s “wish list” for months.
Trumpet Music Donated to the Music Library.
The Music Library has received the score collection of deceased BGSU trumpet professor Edwin R. Betts. The donation, consisting of more than 2,400 pieces, will ensure a world-class collection of trumpet music in the BGSU Music Library. Several of the graduate students who assisted in preparing the inventory play brass instruments, and the breadth and depth of this collection impressed all of them. The collection currently is being processed, cataloged, and added to the Music Library’s circulating collections.
Boettcher Elected Vice-President/President-Elect of the Music Library Association.
Dr. Bonna Boettcher, Chair of the Department of Archival Collections and Branches and Head Librarian of the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives, has been elected to the office of Vice-President/President-Elect of the Music Library Association. Boettcher will serve as VP/PE for one year, as President for two years, and as Past President for one year.
“The Music Library Association is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries. Founded in 1931, MLA provides a forum for study and action on issues that affect music libraries and their users. MLA and its members make significant contributions to librarianship, publishing, standards and scholarship, and the development of new information technologies. In the forefront of contemporary librarianship, MLA assures that users of music materials will be well served by their libraries.” (Music Library Association. “About MLA.” http://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/. April 14, 2004.)

For more information about the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives visit http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/music/.