Audio Archives

Women’s Audio Archive

Person Describing Archive

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

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Mostly artist/poet interviews)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

Marysia Lewandowska

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

The recordings were originally produced by Marysia Lewandowska, an artist, in an attempt to record language as "a site of cultural displacement", documenting lectures, reading, private speech, auctions etc from 1983-1990 on tape cassettes. They have been digitized and put online to create a history and documentation of women and sound and speech.

Description of archive history or URL

recordings of talks, lectures, auctions, private conversations are displayed with a detailed summary and commentary of the event being recorded are shown in text. The recordings are tagged with keywords.

Contact information

Searchable options

No search bar, however there is a list of "inventory" (all of the recordings) and a list of Keywords to choose from.

Relation from the audio to the text

no text given

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

Date and context are given in a short description. No time or length indicated, even in the play bar.

Author bios and context within literary history

none provided.

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

THere is no information about the file type, and I'm assuming it streams, but again, no information is provided.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

The only photos are of the actual cassette tape that were digitized. These look cool.

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

The audio plays on the same screen.

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


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


browsing by list of recordings, tags and keywords.

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


Other notes

There is a short introduction about the cultural value of these recordings which is interesting. There is also information documenting the process the artist went through to get copyrights etc.