Minutes of the AES Historical Committee Meeting
at the 113th AES Convention, 2002-10-07, in Los Angeles, CA
Attending: Dale Manquen, Bob Crow, Ted Sheldon, Alex Balster, Dave Huber,
Fred Thal, Dave Read, Michael Murphy, John Stroda, Nick Bergh, Al Grundy,
Jim Hunter, Lou Manno, Paul McManus, John Chester, Irv Joel, Jay McKnight
Chair Jay McKnight called the meeting to order at 13:05.
Introduction of Attendees
Persons attending introduced themselves.
Approval of Agenda
The Chair indicated several items to be added to the agenda, and they
appear below as they were addressed.
Approval of Minutes
from the previous meeting in Munich, Germany were approved as distributed.
Dale Manquen reported on efforts to arrange for presentations and mount
the exhibitions that have occurred at this convention. He recognized and
thanked those who made contributions, including Robert-Eric Gaskell, Paul
McManus, Mike Spitz, Nick Bergh, and Wes Dooley.
Chair McKnight indicated that the AESHC is always interested in new
projects. He outlined the method used to start new projects, and encouraged
anyone wanting to commence a project to contact
Oral History Project
Irv Joel reviewed the current progress of the oral history project.
Some 80 interviews have been completed. Help is needed to propose persons
in the history and development of audio who should be interviewed regarding
their experiences. Others are needed to conduct the interviews. A camera
is now available in Europe as well as North America to facilitate interviews
there. Most interviews average about one hour; to date the longest one
is three hours.
Roger Furness reported that the AES Archives project has seen some
progress recently. He indicated that the archives is partly at headquarters
and partly stored elsewhere. Because of the headquarters renovation,
much of the historical material has been moved to secure storage. Shortly,
these materials will be moved back into the headquarters and organizational
work on them will commence.
Historical Exhibit at the 114th (Amsterdam) Convention
Alex Balster informed the Committee about activities planned for the
Amsterdam convention in 2003 March. He indicated that experience has proved
that foreign languages can be troublesome for individuals. This year's
exhibition will concentrate on special measuring devices (e.g., a laquer
measuring device). He invited everyone to come to Amsterdam and participate
in the AESHC activities.
"Library of Historical Episodes"
Dale Manquen discussed his proposal for an "AES Library of Historical
Episodes." It is clear that the very interesting exhibitions mounted by
the Historical Committee at AES conventions should be preserved. At this
113th annual convention, the presentations and their associated
audio/visual materials have been captured digitally as an historical record
of events. They preserve the history of audio, and we hope to make them
available for use by AES sections and schools. They serve the goal of making
available transportable exhibitions. To further expand use, options include
producing a CD-ROM or streaming content from a web site. We would like
to make this convention's "When Vinyl Ruled" exhibition and presentations
available in at least one of these ways.
Ampex Historical Website
Dale Manquen discussed briefly the Ampex corporate web site. Several
hundreds of people interested in Ampex audio recorders are seeking to mentor
interested people in the use of Ampex machines. Ampex documents (e.g.,
manuals, sales sheets) will be scanned and posted, to make them available
to the audio community as an aid to the mentoring work.
Jensen Loudspeaker Archive
Jim Hunter mentioned that Jensen, the speaker manufacturer, has gone
out of business. Jensen archival material, including 72 notebooks from
1936 and following, have been acquired by Lou Manno's Audio History Library.
Audio History Library
Lou Manno's Audio History Library has archives of some 600 companies
in the history of audio dating from the early history of audio. The AHL
intends to build a digital library for all.
Book of Photos of Historical Audio Equipment
Dave Huber is working on a book of photos from the history of recorded
sound. The AES timeline will be the basis of the work. Huber is seeking
photos and other resources, along with permissions, to use in the work.
Directory of Archives
Ted Sheldon discussed the goal of creating a directory of archives
and repositories, institutional and individual, as a project of the HC.
He noted that one AES Standards Committee has a project to do this, and
noted that it is more appropriate in the HC. He asked that anyone interested
in helping contact him.
Next HC meeting
The next Historical Committee meeting will be at the 114th Convention,
in Amsterdam, in 2003 March.
The meeting adjourned at 14:05.
Minutes prepared by Ted Sheldon, AESHC Secretary, 2002-12