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Nashville Public Library Foundation (Nashville, TN 37219-2314)
Michael Lusk (Project Director: May 2017 to December 2017)
Carl Kenneth Fieth (Project Director: December 2017 to September 2019)
Audiovisual Conservation Center at the Nashville Public Library - Preserving Rare and At-Risk Film

The purchase of preservation and archival supplies to rehouse a collection of 400 professional and amateur acetate films documenting life in Tennessee and the American Middle South.  Examples include footage of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking at Fisk University after a bomb scare in 1960; recordings of students traveling to the Selma March in 1965; rare early color home movies of American soldiers in Europe and America during World War II; documentation of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee; and footage of daily life, local culture, personal celebrations, travel, and regional architectural parks and landmarks.  The project’s activities are based on a 2016 Collections Assessment Report.

The Nashville Public Library collection contains over 5,500 analog audiovisual assets on formats ranging from 16mm film to video cassette and wire recording. This rich humanities collection provides an expansive look into the life, culture, and history of the American Middle South and beyond and spans a period of nearly 80 years. Highlights of the collection include early color footage of World War II; civil rights-era events, presidential visits, regional cultural events, and home movies documenting the culture of everyday life.
Funding will be used to improve the lifespan of 400 rare and content-rich films in the collection. The project fulfills recommendations from the 2016 Consultant's Report (funded by the Nashville Public Library Foundation). The grant supports the purchase of Image Permanence Institute A-D test strips, archival film storage cores, a storage freezer, and a project assistant. The project will be conducted by the consultant (now on staff) and assistant.

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Project fields:

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019