Bree said she hopes someone will request or help facilitate the recordings’ digitization so a wider audience can enjoy them online.
Basically, the recordings are preserved but not processed for easy access or wide public usage. But one may listen to them.
“They have been given a location where they can be found easily,” Bree explained, “which is not a small step!”
So how does one listen?
“You have to contact them at the archives and tell them what you’re interested in and arrange an appointment to go and listen them; because they will have to go out and retrieve them and bring them back to where the equipment is. They’ll have the equipment you can listen to them on, and they not be harmed.”
Bree expressed concern that similar recordings need the proper care.
“If others have Crazy ‘records’ packed with their Mineral Wells memorabilia, realize that the discs are vulnerable to temperature changes and can be harmed if played on a standard record player,” she said, urging that the owners consider allowing an archive to preserve them.
Useful advice, considering there are probably several of these history-rich recordings doing closet- or garage-time across the city and area.