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Harold Ramis giving a speech at a packed Graham Chapel in 1990
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Echoes of Voices Past: Preserving the Public Lectures from Washington University’s Assembly Series

In 2021, Washington University Libraries was awarded a $34,520 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to fund the project Echoes of Voices Past: Preserving the Public Lectures from Washington University’s Assembly Series.

This grant was part of CLIR’s Recordings at Risk initiative, which seeks to preserve at-risk audio and visual recordings; the University Libraries were selected from a pool of a hundred applicants to receive one of only seventeen awards that grant cycle.

The Assembly Series is Washington University’s signature public lecture series featuring some of the most prominent voices of the late 20th and early 21st century. Under this CLIR grant project, Washington University Libraries digitized and preserved over 1,400 analog recordings of Assembly Series lectures. Through these efforts, this significant collection of over 70 years of recorded lectures is now available to researchers, students, and the general public.

Header Image Credit: Harold Ramis at Graham Chapel in 1990