This bibliography lists the standard general preservation resources published within the last 15 years. While not specific to music, they provide solid information of the basics of preservation and can answer many questions to those who are new to the field. The list also includes websites of professional organizations that focus on the management of similar collections. Resources for specific preservation concerns can be found in the corresponding specific sections of our website.


Baird, Brian D. Preservation Strategies for Small Academic and Public Libraries.

Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003.

Banks, Paul and Roberta Pilette. Preservation: Issues and Planning.

Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.

Council on Library and Information Resources. The Evidence in Hand:

the Report of the Taskforce on the Artifact in Library Collections. Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2001.

Feather, John, ed. Managing Preservation in Libraries and Archives.

Burlington, VT.: Ashgate, 2002.

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). Safeguarding

of the Audio Heritage: Ethics, Principles and Preservation Strategy IASA TC-03, version 3. 2005. (Out of print, but available electronically at

Matz, Judith. Sound Savings: Preserving Audio Collections. Presented papers and

future recommendations from symposium in Austin, Texas, July 24–26, 2003. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries, 2004.
(Some of the text may also be found online at

McIlwaine, John. First, do no harm - A Register of Standards, Codes of Practice,

Guidelines Recommendations and Similar Works relating to Preservation and Conservation in Libraries and Archives. The Hague: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes, 2005. (Also available online at

Ogden, Sherelyn. Preservation of library and archival materials: A manual.

3rd ed. Andover, MA: New England Document Conservation Center, 1999. (Also available online at

Reed-Scott, Jutta. Preserving Research Collections: A Collaboration Between

Librarians and Scholars. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 1999.

Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn. Preserving Archives and Manuscripts. Chicago: Society

of American Archivists, 1993.

Sitts, Maxine K., ed. Handbook for Digital Projects: A Management Tool for

Preservation and Access. Andover, MA: Northeast Document Conservation Center, 2000.


While most of the websites for preservation are directly associated with an organization or institution, these two sites are standouts on their own:

Conservation OnLine: Resources for Conservation Professionals
The COOL website, hosted by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC), is a fantastic clearinghouse of all things related to preservation. A large percentage of the resources cited are there as full-text. An essential resource for both novices and experts.

Audio Preservation and Restoration
Created by John R. Gibbs, librarian at the Music Library and Listening Center at the University of Washington. Although mainly consisting of a collection of links, this site is a well-organized and exhaustive list of the professional resources relating to audio restoration and preservation.

Professional and Preservation Organizations

Institutional Preservation Departments

List originally compiled by Adriana P. Cuervo- General Preservation Resources.
Last updated: August 26, 2014, at 03:01 PM EDT

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