Friday, May 4
Housed in the basement lobby of our 4544 North Lincoln Avenue building, the Resource Center holds a collection of more than 20,000 recordings, videos, books, and periodicals.
The collection is organized and open to all Monday through Thursday 3:00 - 9:30 PM and Saturday Noon to 5:00 PM. Friendly volunteers staff the center and are always on hand to answer questions and search the collection database. There are two listening stations for in house use and a comfortable reading lounge in the basement lobby. Students and the general public are welcome to explore the Resource Center's holdings, and faculty and staff are encouraged to check out books and recordings. (Photo by Russell McGonagle)
The Archives is celebrating the school’s 60th anniversary with a six-part documentary of the school’s history, through the voices and songs of the people who were there. You'll hear archival music and recordings from Studs Terkel, Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins and the school's founders, as well as many of the people who participated in our oral history partnership with StoryCorps this past year. To listen, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Or stream it on SoundCloud. Learn more here and listen to some Old Town School stories below:
Recordings from Old Town School's archives, teaching artists, and samples from our commercial releases. Check back monthly for updated playlists!
The Resource Center is working to make Old Town School's collection of 4,000 plus concert, radio, and field recordings available for in-building listening. Here are some advance previews of what our collection of reel to reel recordings has to offer.
Some of the concert recordings in our archive are now available on iTunes and other digital music outlets under the title Live From the Old Town School.
How did The Old Town School get permission to release these recordings? Read our project protocols.
If you are a researching Old Town School History and would like to access our photo and document archive, please take a look at the finding aid for these collections and make an appointment with our Resource Center Manager.
Colby Maddox, Resource Center Manager