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ICA Audio Recordings

Identifier: ICA_Audio_Recs

Scope and Contents

The ARTICA collection of audio recordings contains the entirety of phonorecords preserved in the basement of WIAA-FM on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Recordings were made in several venues under varying conditions, using ribbon, solid state and tube condenser microphones run through various outboard gear before the cutting lathe or tape recorder stage.

Recordings began to be digitzed on a systematic basis in the Fall of 2016 by the Archivist and two temporary Assistants.

The contents of this finding aid include all material entered into the Portfolio asset management software, updated and corrected where necessary. Additional material is constantly added as the recordings are reformatted in the digital domain.


  • 1930-2010

History of the collection

The audio recordings in this collection were primarily made on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and feature various ensembles, soloists and guest artists of the summer Arts Camp and the school year Arts Academy. Recordings begin in 1938 and subsist in 16" lacquer Electrical Transcription (ET) disks for radio broadcast, 1/4" open reel tape, cassette tape, Digital Audio Tapes (DAT), and Compact Discs (CD). Recordings were made by Interlochen staff at several different performance venues. A small number of recordings were made off campus while on tour, usually by the staff at that venue.


10854 recordings

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Identifiers and Hierarchy

The barcodes from the AACIP project serve as the Component Unique Identifiers in this finding aid. Phonorecords are arranged in Series based on the media type of the audio carrier. Each Series is further subdivided into two Subseries, one for the Arts Camp and the other for the Arts Academy.


All the phonorecords in the ARTICA audio collection were barcoded by interns in 2013 as a result of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. All items were then entered into the Portfolio database program as part of the ICA library's ILS, provided by Sirsi Dynix. All metadata for this project ws sent to CPB as part of their American Archive Content Inventory Project. This metadata was shared with the Library of Congress, who provided online hosting of the material.


The following abbrevations were used:

All-State Band - ASB All-State Choir - ASC All-State High School Band - ASHSB All-State High School Choir - ASHSC All-State High School Musical Theatre - ASHSMT All-State High School Orchestra - ASHSO All-State Musical Theatre - ASMT All-State Orchestra - ASO American Archives Content Inventory Project - AACIP High School - HS Interlochen Center for the Arts - ICA Interlochen Arts Academy - IAA Interlochen Arts Camp - IAC Interlochen College of Creative Arts - ICCA Intermediate - Int. National High School Band - NHSB National High School Choir - NHSC National High School Orchestra - NHSO National Music Camp - NMC The University of Michigan - U of M University of Michigan - U of M World Youth Symphony Orchestra - WYSO Youth Symphony Orchestra - YSO

ICA Audio Recordings
encoded by Madison Goforth
July 2017
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This finding aid was written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts Repository

Bonisteel Library
4000 Highway M-137
Interlochen MI 49643 USA