Archives Bazaar Interactive Sessions

10:00am- 3:00pm Basement Tapes Day
Basement Tapes Day provides the public with access to vintage audio playback devices so they can listen to the home recordings on open-reel tapes, cassettes, and micro-cassettes that have been sitting in their attics or basements for years. The annual event is staffed by volunteers from Los Angeles’ audio preservation community — archivists, engineers, collectors, restoration experts, conservators, and graduate students from UCLA’s Media Archival Studies program. Attendees can hear and publicly share their tapes, while learning about the history of recorded sound, common deterioration issues with magnetic audio formats, and how to best store and care for their collections. In addition to tape listening sessions, this year’s event features presentations from Library of Congress audio preservation engineers, the British Library, and more, as well as live segments with Basement Tapes Day event organizers in Toronto and Montreal. Full schedule to be posted soon, but you can RSVP now here:

For more details on how to submit open reel, cassette, or microcassette home recordings email

10:00am-4:00pm Reference Room
Chat live with L.A. as Subject members and Archives Bazaar exhibitors. They will be on hand to answer your questions about about all things Archives Bazaar; Los Angeles history; and the awesome world of archives.

5:00-8:00pm Home Movie Day
Organized annually by local archivists since 2003, Los Angeles Home Movie Day makes it possible for individuals to watch and reconnect with their own family films by providing access to equipment and discussing how best to care for collections at home. This year's Home Movie Day will be online for the first time as part of the Virtual Archives Bazaar, presenting a program of materials curated from a diverse array of Los Angeles cultural institutions, as well as reels collected from Angelenos and digitized in advance. 2020 organizers Brian Belak and Megan Needels will present an overview of the event and talk through the challenges of adapting an interactive event to a virtual space. Read more about HMD and how to submit your videos for free digitization here.