Matthew Barton has been named Curator of Recorded Sound in the Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress. He had previously worked with original Library of Congress field recordings for the American Folklife Center. Barton has an extensive background in recorded sound and film, in rare and historical recorded collections, and the technologies that produced them and that are required for their preservation. He worked as an assistant to Alan Lomax in the 1980s, and in the 1990s as production coordinator of the Alan Lomax Collection CD series on Rounder Records, to which he also contributed editorially. Barton is also an authority on early field collecting in the United States. His published writings include essays in Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997 (NY: Routledge, 2003) and contributions to Western Folklore and numerous other professional journals. He works at the new media facilities of the Library at Culpepper, Virginia.
Originally posted: July 26, 2008