Audio Archives

BAnQ Collection Numerique: Enregistrements Sonores

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Audio, mostly music)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

This is the BAnQ's online digital collection. Most of the recordings are songs, but it serves as an example of a library's archives turned online digital repository. The website is very basic, and you can search through categories and lists by Title, Date, Marque (Location made), Subject, Interpretations, by Singer/Composer. The Subject list is the most interesting part of this site as it is an index of each song's subject matter, so you can choose from Female singer from Quebec to songs about Hitler. This is relevant to our archive because searching by subject matter and index is very useful for researchers. The archive is currently available in French only.

Description of archive history or URL

In 1997, for the 100th anniversary of sound recordings produced in Canada, BAnQ chose about 2,000 recordings to release online. These recordings came from the Iris multimedia catalog. For an in-depth explanation (in french) please see:

Contact information

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2275, rue Holt, Montreal.

Searchable options

No search bar. Lists by Title, Date, Marque (country of record label), Subject, Interpretation, Singer/Composer.

Relation from the audio to the text

None. Most of these recordings are sound.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

Year, title, singer/composer, source, total time and bibliographical information provided.

Author bios and context within literary history


Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

Streaming, mp3

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)


Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

A pop-up screen opens with the Flash Player play bar.

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

Browsing is basic, you can browse the lists, but there are no sophisticated web browsing enablers, as this site was built and not changed since the late 90's.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features


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