The lyrics of a rapper whose message transcended conflict to embrace love, the 1970 song that immortalized a country legend, and battle sounds from World War II are among the aural treasures that have been selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. Today, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named the 25 new additions to the eighth annual National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, which will ensure that these cultural, artistic and historical recordings are always available to the American public.
Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2009 registry bring the total number of recordings to 300.
This seems like a great strategy for engaging kids in history. Much like the discussion several years ago about the 100 most important documents in American History, having students suggest recordings for inclusion into the Registry can help kids make strong emotional connections with content.
You can get a feel for the types of recordings already added by heading over to view the entire list. It might also give you some ideas on how to use the list later this fall.