He took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him to record folk songs and stories of the people in this remote area.
Reel-to-reel tape decks required that someone be on hand to thread up, start, and rewind each tape.
Reel-to-reel tape boxes should be labeled and a length of identifying leader attached to each tape if possible.
Ideally, store them on cores in archival film cans and copy them onto new stocks of reel-to-reel tape.
Finally, videotape does not meet the same standard for long-term archival preservation as reel-to-reel tape.