To Order Copies of Recordings
Copies of audio materials found in "Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals (1938-1943) may be ordered by writing to the Reference Librarian, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., Washington, D.C. 20540-4610.
Please detail the specific items you are interested in having reproduced and the uses to which the materials will be placed. If possible, send copies of down-loaded printouts of individual items being ordered.
Indicate the format (cassette, open reel, or DAT) you would like and the AFC CALL NUMBER listed on the item-level song record. The Library's Recording Lab charges on an hourly rate, billable in quarter-hour segments, plus a set-up fee and the costs of tape and shipping (which vary according to the format chosen). If you order materials that are not consecutive, each "skip" from one item to another is calculated as five minutes of engineering time to be added to the total. Since the Recording Lab receives no tax dollars, it operates essentially like a commercial studio in the D.C. area. As of October 1999, the lab fees are $86 per hour (billable in quarter-hour segments) plus a set-up fee and the costs of tape and shipping.
The American Folklife Center will forward your order to the Recording Lab. The lab, in turn, will send you a form to sign, indicating that you are taking responsibility for the copies you will receive. You will need to return that signed form together with the estimated pre-payment, and the lab will then schedule the work. The process usually takes from four to six weeks.
For further contact information, go to the American Folklife Center address and phone numbers page.