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The Center's audiovisual holdings include more than 1,500 recordings, including long-playing records, reel-to-reel audiotapes, audiocassette tapes, videotapes, compact discs, and DVDs. Nearly 50% of the collection comprises recordings from the Center's Readings and Lectures Series or readings presented under the auspices of the Poetry Center. The earliest of these, a recording of Robert Creeley, dates to December 1963.
Since 2007, with the support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Southwestern Foundation, the Poetry Center has been digitizing its collection of born-analog Reading Series recordings and making them freely available online for public listening, with the permission of the authors and rights holders. Today, nearly 500 recordings dating from 1963 to the present can be experienced online at voca, the Center's world-class digital audio/video library.