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708 78's Donated to UT-Austin's Historical Music Recordings Collection

August 30, 2013 - Austin, TX

Another successful donation to PCL and the UT Libraries! After the completion of an intensive project of manually comparing our 78s with those of UT-Austin's Historical Music Recording Collection, we identified and donated 708 78-rpm records!

This puts us over 1,500 records preserved through donation in 2013. Help us keep groovin' toward our goal of 2,000 before the end of the year by making a financial donation today!


Thank you, everyone, for your support during Amplify Austin!

March 4-5, 2013 - Austin, TX

Over the 24-hour Amplify Austin event, over $900 was raised for audio preservation! We are incredibly grateful for everyone's support. We are excited to get back to work! We're currently assembling donations to several of our partnering institutions.

Our 2013 goal is 2,000 recordings donated before the end of the year. Please check back for news about our progress throughout the year.


16 Records Donated to the Mills Music Library

December 3, 2012 - Madison, WI

We are very happy to announce our first donation to the Mills Music Library in Madison, WI. One 16" radio transcription disc, two 10" EPs, a handful of LPs, and two 7" 45s are now in their care and accessible to patrons. Artists include "Whoope" John Wilfahrt, Dick Contino, Woody Herman, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Hildegarde, and Stanislaw Mroczek.


3 LPs and 17 78s Donated to The Wittliff Collections

November 30, 2012 - Austin, TX

From Lefty Frizzell to the Kerriville Folk Festival, Texas State University has got you covered! Mr. Steve Davis came by APF today to pick up the latest batch of Texas music donations for The Wittliff's Southwestern Writers Collection.

"Tours, events, and exhibits are free and open to the public, offering visitors the opportunity to engage firsthand the wondrous archived treasures, and to celebrate and draw inspiration from the artists who continuously redefine the Southwest in our collective imagination." -- The Wittliff Collections website


APF Donates 118 Records to the Texas Music Museum

August 13, 2012 - Austin, TX

We are very happy to announce our recent donation of 118 records to the Texas Music Museum. The donation consisted of 45s, 78s, LPs, EPs, and one 16" radio transcription disc. We are very glad to see the Texas-related recordings end up in such a wonderful collection of Texas music.

Pictured is APF Chairman, William Vanden Dries (3rd from left), presenting the donation to museum board members Sergio Guerrero, Clay Shorkey, and Laurence Egle.


LP Cover and Inner Sleeve Scans



October 11, 2011

A collection of LP cover and inner sleeve scans was recently donated to us by Tom Fine. The scans contain some great pictures, discographical information, and a lot of info about early stereo records.

Check out the scans here. Thanks Tom!



Are you a Texas musician or Texas music lover?

Find out more about the Texas Music Project and how you can help us preserve and share the music of the Lone Star State.

Read more here.


Recent Donation to Thomas Edison National Historic Park
December 15, 2010 - West Orange, NJ

The Audio Preservation Fund donated nine Edison cylinder recordings to the Thomas Edison National Historic Park on December 15, 2010. The Edison National Historic Park is part of the National Park Service and is located at Edison's laboratory complex in West Orange, NJ. It contains one of the largest Edison recordings archives in the world. It also contains thousands of Edison artifacts, including the first tin-foil phonograph. We are honored to expand such a prestigious archive and look forward to working with the Park in the future!

Pictured is APF Chair, William Vanden Dries, presenting the donation to the archive's curator, Jerry Fabris.


Volunteer Shaun Stalzer cataloging albums at the Texas Music Museum with William Vanden Dries
July 10, 2010 - Austin, TX

Shaun Stalzer, a volunteer for the Audio Preservation Fund, contributes his time cataloging the recordings at the Texas Music Museum. Cataloging archives' inventory helps APF know which recordings they already own and which recordings we need to help them acquire.

To learn more about volunteering with the Audio Preservation Fund, please Contact us.


Recent donation to the Center For Texas Music History / Wittliff Collections
February 24, 2010 - San Marcos, TX

The Audio Preservation Fund made a donation of 9 recordings to Texas State University's Center For Texas Music History, which houses its music archives in the Wittliff Collections. Pictured is APF Chair, William Vanden Dries, presenting the donation to the archive's Steve Davis and Dr. Gary Hartman.

The pictured album, Jerry Jeff Walker's ¡Viva Terlingua!, was recently featured in the Center's publication The Journal of Texas Music History. Also donated were recordings by Willie Nelson, Ditto, King & Cochran, and Egon & The Search for Saturnalia.

View more details about this donation in the Preserved Recordings section of the website.
New Way To Support APF!

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Now You Can Help APF When Using eBay!

APF is now a registered organization with MissionFish, eBay's nonprofit giving program.

When you sell your items on eBay, you are now able to commit a percentage of the sale to help APF. When you're shopping, you can find out which items will have part of their sale donated to us.

To view our page and begin, click here. Thank you!



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