Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
National Zoological Park
Website Records, 2014
This accession consists of "The Endangered Song" website as it existed on April 22, 2014, the day it launched. The Endangered Song Project featured a song by the band Portugal. The Man manufactured to go extinct unless it is reproduced. The song was released on 400 lathe-cut polycarbonate records which will degrade over time as the record is played. The 400 copies represent the fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Recipients of the records were asked to digitally reproduce the song and distribute it via social media to prevent its extinction. The website includes information about the project and instructions for reproducing and sharing the song.
In addition to the website, this accession includes a sample of social media content related to the project, including a copy of the song posted to SoundCloud (crawled April 29, 2014) and another to YouTube (crawled May 14, 2014) by recipients of the original records. Tweets using the hashtag "#EndangeredSong" were captured from the microblogging service Twitter using both a web crawl (April 28 and June 20, 2014) and an export tool (covering April 22-September 15, 2014) with slightly different results. Most tweets are from the general public.
Materials are in electronic format.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- National Zoological Park (U.S.). Endangered Song Project
- Twitter (Firm)
- YouTube (Firm)
- SoundCloud (Firm)
- Portugal. The Man (Musical group)
- The Endangered Song (Website)
- Web sites
- Public relations
- Wildlife conservation
- Endangered species
- Sumatran tiger
- Social media
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-232, National Zoological Park, Website Records