Project IRENE Using optical scanning to digitize ethnographic field recordings on wax cylinders

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California Language Archive

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology 

Survey of California and Other Indian Languages

Resources to learn more about wax cylinders in the Hearst Museum Collection:

Keeling's catalogue of all the cylinders in the collection: Keeling, Richard. A Guide to Early Field Recordings (1900-1949) at the Lowie Museum of Anthropology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991. Print. 

Ishi in Three Centuries. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003. Print. (Ira Jacknis has a chapter regarding Ishi's role in the collection and the nature of sound recordings in general: edited by Karl Kroeber and Clifton Kroeber)

The Irene project is supported with funding from the National Science foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities

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