Audio Digitizing for Seminaries and Archives

Permanently Archived at the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History
Eligible for Inclusion on for Free Listening Any Time

Faith group archives and libraries may have audio reels, cassettes, and DATs processed for $40 per audio program. Most programs digitized have been a lecture, speech, sermon, interview, forum, or radio program. All of this is included:

  • Each tape examined, programs digitized, and audio processed for best listening quality.
  • * Unless inappropriate (see the right column) the program will be included on for online listening. Students and faculty (and others) can listen any time with no sign-up and no cost.
  • The tapes will be returned to the seminary or archive, along with the WAV and MP3 audio files on USB thumb drives or on a portable hard drive for orders of 10 or more programs. (Hard drive may be included for fewer programs at a cost of $50.)
  • The programs will become part of the permanent collection to be archived for preservation by the United Methodist General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH).
  • You’ll be invoiced for the work when your digitizing and storage is completed and your materials are shipped back to you.
* Copyright and

Commerically-produced programs will not be put online. Musical programs will not appear online unless copyright-cleared. Those programs will still be digitized, returned to the school with audio files, and included in the GCAH archive collection. Speech recordings of church or school-sponsored events prior to February 14, 1972 are usually the property of the institution and not a copyright issue. Voice recordings after February 14, 1972 will be considered individually for concerns. Most of those we process are “works for hire” or participants in a church or school-sponsored program and appropriate to put online.

Resources for Sending Tapes
PDF Download a submission form to fill out for sending tapes.


PDF Download a sheet with instructions for packing and shipping.
To the Landfill, or Save the Audio?