UC Santa Barbara’s “Adopt a Cylinder” Program

What to get the person that has everything? New socks? Zen waterfall?

How about adopting a wax cylinder in need of archival preservation?

via ED́WW day_dae (esteemedhelga)™’s Flickr

It costs the library $60 to preserve a single cylinder, including rehousing, cataloging, and digitizeing it for public access. We currently have a backlog of over 1,000 cylinders that are not yet digitized.

If you would like to “adopt” a cylinder, we will prioritize the digitization of a cylinder and put it online for you and others to listen to. A $60 tax deductible donation* to the cylinder project will ensure the preservation of the cylinder of your choice.

Jump on over to the UCSB Special Collections site, where you’ll find a full list of cylinders available for adoption, those already adopted, and contact information for payments and inquiries! 

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