"Adopt a Cylinder" Program
It costs the library $60 to preserve a single cylinder, including rehousing, cataloging, and digitizing it for public access. We currently have a backlog of over 2,000 cylinders that are not yet digitized. In 2010 a grant from the GRAMMY Foundation® supported the digitization of over 1,000 cylinders, but there are still hundreds more to be preserved and 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. Email project director at email@example.com to adopt a cylinder or send a check payable to "UC Regents" to:
Currently, we only accept payment via check or wire transfer (no Paypal or credit cards at the current time). Please provide your name and city if you wish to be acknowledged as the adoptee of the cylinder.
The library thanks the following donors for adopting cylinders:
*Only available for US taxpayers.
An initiative of the UC Santa Barbara Library • (805) 893-5444 • Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010. Direct questions or comments about the project or this page to the project staff or visit the help pages.
Listen to a podcast or live stream of operatic cylinders from the collection of William R. Moran on Cylinder Radio
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