Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Launches New Digital Archive Portal
The National Endowment for the Arts has given an award to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which allows them to debut a new digital archive portal.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Archives serves as the official repository for the historical records of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Heinz Hall. The Archives Portal serves as the online counterpart to the Pittsburgh Symphony Archives located at Heinz Hall. There, you can search the online archives for digitized copies of photographs, programs, posters, and audio highlights. The Archives Portal allows visitors to search the Pittsburgh Symphony's performance history dating back to its start in 1896. Please check back often as the Archives Portal continues to grow.
Carolyn Friedrich, the archiver behind the project, says, "There's a preservation issue. The best professionals will give you the estimate that we have maybe 10 to 15 years to preserve this magnetic media. Well, they made that estimate several years ago, so we're running on borrowed time."
Friedrich continues, "[The archive] really highlights how connected the symphony is to the Pittsburgh community, and we just really see it as a way that we can give back and share that."