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About the Registry

Each year since 2002 the National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB) and members of the public have nominated recordings to the National Registry. The breadth of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation's audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.

Recordings selected so far by the Librarian of Congress for the Registry include: Edison cylinders, field recordings, radio broadcasts, a Wisconsin foghorn, rap albums, live concerts, and poetry readings. At present, there are several hundred items on the Registry.

To see the full Registry, click here.

To nominate to the Registry, click here.





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