Archivists Roundtable of New York Awards Tonight

Tonight at Columbia University the Jazz Loft Project will be awarded the Innovative Use of Archives Award from the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York, Inc.  We’re very proud of this award, coming from some of the top archival professionals in the world, as I described in this post when we first heard the news.  More information is on the Roundtable’s site.  JLP Research Associate and chief archivist Dan Partridge and I will be there.

It will be meaningful to be presented the award by Brigid Hughes, founder and editor of the great literary journal published in Brooklyn, A Public Space.  Brigid published my piece, Gene Smith’s Sink, a few years ago and she’s long supported JLP.  This past summer she was presenting what promised to be a unique event in which we were going to perform selected parts of the JLP book as if it were a play.  I was performing the narrated parts and actors were to perform transcripts from Smith’s tapes and our oral history interviews.  The event, called Chaos Manor, was to be outdoors in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn and it was canceled due to 104 degree heat, with the city issuing warnings of power outages.  We hope to reschedule this event in the spring.

It is also meaningful to see Chris Lacinak of AV Preserve on the program bill tonight.  Chris was the original engineer on the Smith tape project and has also been a longtime JLP friend.

-Sam Stephenson

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