Tribeca’s ARChive of Contemporary Music has announced it will put its more than 2 million recordings, 3 million photographs, books, press kits, videos and memorabilia on the Web, thanks to a deal with Columbia University, USA Today is reporting.
Users won’t necessarily be able to listen to tunes online, but they will have access to background, history and stories from the ARChive’s catalog of music — covering everything from be-bop to zydeco.
Founded in 1986, the ARChive is a not-for-profit music library and research center that works on the premise that preservation of popular music is culturally important. Its collection includes sound recordings and a vast array of data dating from 1950 to the present.
“In addition to sound recordings and publications,” the group’s website notes, “the ARChive actively collects all books, magazines, videos, films, photographs, press kids, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and ephemera relating to the history of popular music.”
No word on when the expansion onto the web will actually take place.