When I was quite young I read a science fiction short story about a spaceship crew that made an emergency landing on a planet they'd never been to before. Ordinarily this would be no problem because the ship contained "analogue tapes" that related their technology to that of most alien races. Unfortunately, the accident which resulted in them landing on this planet destroyed most of their "analogue tapes." Now they were stuck until they could find some other way to make the tools to make the tools, to make the tools, to make the tools ... to fix their ship.
Anyone know what the title of this story is and who the author was. It has fueled my thoughts about how difficult it would be to communicate with a truly alien race for most of my life. One possible hint, at that time, I read many anthologies of short stories, especially from F&SF.