The Archives and Music Documentation Centres Section was established in 1993. It started as a Project Group under the Bibliography Commission in 1984 but since archival questions needed more attention, the need for a new special section gradually became clear.
Over the years the focus has been on presentations of various holdings with the aim of making them better known but at the same time also sharing knowledge on working methods. The section also wants to involve the rich resources found in music documentation centres.
The section supports initiatives aiming at promotion and preservation of archival materials. In connection with this, questions of archival theory and methods are addressed.
Finally, it is important to facilitate the access to music archives. How should institutions best inform about their holdings? Databases, outreach and publications have been topics for discussion. The section also has a special working group dealing with the question of access: the Working Group on the Access to Music Archives.
2011 - 2014:
Marie-Gabrielle Soret, France (chair) - Marie Cornaz, Belgium (vice-chair) - Federica Riva, Italy (secretary)
2008 - 2011:
Marguerite Sablonnière, France (chair) - Paul Banks, UK (vice-chair) - Manuel Erviti, USA (secretary)
2005 - 2008:
John Shepard, USA (chair) - Marguerite Sablonniere, France (vice-chair) - Katharine Hogg, UK (secretary)
2002 - 2005:
Judy Tsou, USA (chair) - Chris Banks, UK (vice-chair) - John Shepard, USA (secretary)
1999 - 2002:
Judy Tsou, USA (chair) - Chris Walton, Switzerland (vice-chair) - Chris Banks, UK (secretary)