4/17 – Herstory: Mixtape Memories with the Autry Museum

Join a dialogue on Zoom with women leaders in the field of sound, music archives in the LA/NY music scene. Listen in with Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives, Curator Women and the Archives; Vane Fernandez, DJ/Illustrator/Community Connector; Yuri Shimoda, Archivist, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and co-founder of Basement Tapes Day; and Sommer McCoy, Founder and Chief Curator of The Mixtape Museum. | Digital Zine

Check out Herstory: Mixtape Memories DJ Takeover April 12-April 17 on KQBH 101.5. Full schedule soon.


Yuri Shimoda is an archivist at the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and Assistant Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. With a background in music journalism, she obtained her Master’s in Library and Information Science from UCLA’s Media Archival Studies program while working in roles for Los Angeles Public Library, the Autry Museum of the American West, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Visual Communications, the nation’s premier media arts center for Asian American and Pacific Islander filmmakers. She spent a summer as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow in the Recorded Sound Section of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center and is co-founder of Basement Tapes Day, an annual event that provides the public with access to their home audio recordings in cities around the world. Yuri coordinates the Mentoring Program and Continuing Education Series for the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), is a member of the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force, and serves on the Executive Board of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA).

Regan Sommer McCoy has 15+ years of experience in the music industry working with hip-hop artists. She is the founder of The Mixtape Museum, which encourages the research, archiving, and data analysis of mixtapes and seeks to achieve systematic preservation in the DJ and hip-hop communities. In 2016, she launched Hip-Hop Hacks, a hackathon that offers students the opportunity to explore how hip-hop inspires technological innovation. Sommer is a Columbia University A’Lelia Bundles Community Scholar, an Alliance Open Archive Initiative Fellow, and a grantee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. She is a charter member of the William & Mary Hip-Hop Collection and a Hip-Hop Education Center/Universal Hip-Hop Museum education committee member. By day she manages databases in Education and Community Engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Vane Lissette (she,they) is a community archivist, visual poet, illustrator and DJ at Pocha Punks Power Hour, a radio show on 101.5 FM KQBH in Boyle Heights. She studied film/audio restoration and preservation at UC Santa Bárbara, UNAM in Mexico City, and La Cineteca Nacional, the national film archive of Mexico. Through that work, Lisette became an advocate of DIY restoration and preservation of material memory to restore with stories. Not only has she focused on material archive but has also worked in audio archiving, especially the work she’s dedicated on community radio. Lissette finds ways to connect all these mediums to tell a story (ies) and encourages others to do the same. Follow her on Instagram @aperunicorn

Liza Posas joined the Autry Museum of the American West in 2005 where she currently serves as the Head of Research Services and Archives. In this capacity, she oversees the long-range planning and implementation of the Autry’s archival program that includes the acquisition, processing, collection management, and curatorial activities of the Autry’s institutional archive and manuscript collections. She is also responsible for developing the reference services for the Libraries and Archives. Liza also holds an appointed faculty position with the USC Libraries as the Coordinator for LA as Subject (LAAS), a collaborative network hosted by the USC Libraries that works to promote and preserve the rich history of Los Angeles and Southern California.

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