His Divine Grace
SRILA GOUR GOVINDA SWAMI ARCHIVES
The Srila Gour Govinda Swami Archives is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the teachings of His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva. The SGGS Archives is the official repository for the Audio Recordings, Video Recordings, Documents, Publications and Photographs of His Divine Grace and His life and devotional contributions and activities. The collection primarily spans from 1974 - 1996. The recordings are mostly in English with some Oriya and Hindi recordings.
One aspect that the Srila Gour Govinda Swami Archives has been working on for many years is the project of digitization and preservation of audio and video recordings. The task is very large as the volume of recordings is extensive. The recordings on magnetic media are especially important to preserve as the lifespan of the tape is about 10-15 years and with good care maybe 20 years. We have experienced problems with deterioration in the original tapes, especially if they were kept in humid climates such as India. It has thus become a priority to carefully digitize, duplicate and preserve these tapes so good quality recordings will be available for future generations.
Repairing original tapes by cleaning and changing the shells helps restore them back to a playable status. Broken tapes are spliced in with new tape so they can play and be recorded.
Cleaning, refreshing and baking original tapes to remove water from the oxide layer improves the recordings. Not all tapes require this process. A tape with low silicone or binder issues should never be baked.
The collection of audio and video recordings are still incomplete with many missing tapes from certains sections. It is our goal to complete the archival collection of Srila Gour Govinda Swami Srila Gurudeva as far as possible. If you have original audio, video recordings or negatives/photographs that you would like to preserve, SGGS Archives offers a program to digitize and preserve them. These tapes can be returned back to you so long as the SGGS Archives can make a copy of the item for the archival collection. If you wish to donate the originals we will send you a digitized copy in the media format/s of your choice. SGGS Archives offers this program free of charge and in most cases can cover shipping.
Visit the Srila Gour Govinda Swami Archives Website for more information.