The ALD Archive
The ALD archive was established in 1985 as a working space for the preparation of the ALD. At present, it consists of three rooms at the Cultural Sciences Faculty building (Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg), in which work on various current projects are completed and in which the following archival materials and documentation are stored:
- all questionnaires (originals and copies) from ALD-I and ALD-II
- all audio material (originals and copies) collected in the field during work on the ALD-I and ALD-II (ALD-I: C-90 cassettes; ALD-II: Sony MiniDiscs)
- color slides (“ethnophotography”) from the projects ALD-I and ALD-II: approx. 12,000 slides give a visual impression of the people, the environment and the geographical location (“habitat”) of the 217 surveying points.
- The ALD-II research library offers a complete overview of and insight into matters of linguistic, historical, geographic and ethnographic relevance within the ALD zone. It also covers the following fields: general linguistics (especially geolinguistics), quantitative linguistics, statistics, numerical classification, informatics and cartography. Scope of current collection: approx. 3,000 volumes (monographs, grammars, dictionaries, atlases) and single articles, including fifteen current journal subscriptions.
The three workrooms also house the complete computer installation (PCs, printers), workstations for ALD-II staff in Salzburg (usually four people) and the shelving, cabinetry and wall units for storing all archival materials and books.