One of the major functions of the
Ram Dass Tape Library Foundation is to ensure that Ram Dass' ongoing
teachings are recorded and preserved. This work includes facilitating
opportunities for Ram Dass to present his teachings, as well as the
actual audio taping or videotaping of his programs.|
Archiving Projects ... |
The Ram Dass Tape Library is the repository of some
twelve hundred audiotapes of Ram Dass' lectures, workshops and
retreats, recorded over a span of four decades. The earliest program
is Richard Alpert at a 1966 LSD conference; the latest is whatever was
recorded at the most recent Ram Dass lecture. These tapes have been
gathered from a variety of sources and kept under a variety of
conditions. Even under optimal conditions, audiocassette tapes are
unstable and deteriorate over time. The entire collection needs to be
transferred to a more permanent medium, and we are gradually
proceeding with that project.
At the same time, we have tackled the daunting task
of indexing the entire collection of Ram Dass' taped lectures. When
the index is complete, we will be able to access the contents of the
entire body of Ram Dass' lectures and locate just what we need for our
particular circumstances. This is obviously a long-term project, for
which volunteers are always needed, to listen to tapes and add new
materials to our growing database.
A third aspect of our archiving work is to organize
and maintain our historical files. The Tape Library has become the
central resource for an extensive collection of Ram Dass photographs,
news clippings, lecture notes, and manuscripts, which we are just
beginning to catalog.
Distribution Project ... |
A major focus of our service is the distribution of the
audio- and videotaped lectures in the Tape Library's archives. Through
our website and a twice-yearly newsletter/catalog, the Tape Library
updates Ram Dass' audience about any new programs which have been
recorded, and makes available the entire collection of Ram Dass'
All of these functions of the Ram Dass Tape Library
are made possible by a combination of grants*, donations, tape sales,
and, most importantly, Our Volunteers. We are grateful!
*We have been
blessed with support for the archiving project from the Nathan
Cummings Foundation, the John Fetzer Institute, the GLAD Foundation,
the Copen Family Fund, Ana Reinhard, and Keiko Purcell.