2004 Senate Legislative Tape Conversion Project
A project of: Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program
Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
779 audiotapes of Senate committee hearings were converted digital format, and a web page was created to access the online versions via the Legislative Web Site. As a result, complete digital access of committee hearings and floor debates are available for both bodies back to 2004. Important legislative debate is available to Internet users, regardless of the time of day or their locations.
Completion of the project and adding the digital files is first and foremost, a preservation success. The alternative is that they would be eventually destroyed, or if not destroyed, slowly degraded in their audiocassette format.
Converting these audiocassettes ensures enduring access to primary legislative documents by anyone, anywhere. In particular, completing this year of hearings for the Senate will improve access to full digital records for 2004.
The Legislative Reference Library has a continuing commitment to storing the files and providing access through the Legislative Web Site.