In this post, the Northeast Documents Conservations Center reports how they were able to help preserve a lost Native Alaskan dialect using an advanced technology system. It all started when “the Alaska and Polar Regions Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) received a large collection of the works and papers of anthropologist Dorothy Jean Ray (1919-2007), who was best known for her ethnographic studies of native Alaskan peoples.” Aside from the usual letters and manuscripts, there were four 78 rpm glass-base recording of native songs and speech which were impossible to play with out fear of being destroyed. This post relates how the NEDCC’s IRENE system came to the rescue using some pretty incredible technology. (Oh! Don’t forget to check out the fascinating audio clips.)
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.