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Detroit Historical Society (Detroit, MI 48202-4097)
Adam Lovell (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Detroit Historical Society Audiovisual Preservation Project

The purchase of archival supplies for the Detroit Historical Society’s audiovisual collection totaling 300 film reels, 200 videocassettes, and 2,000 U-matic cassettes that document aspects of Detroit’s local history, including the maritime history of the Great Lakes and municipal events dating to the early 1970s.  The collection includes promotional materials developed for the Society and the Detroit Historical Museum, public domain footage such as newsreels, promotional material related to local events and businesses, public appearances by elected officials, area festivals and celebrations, and footage by Detroit filmmaker Sue Marx.  Once the audiovisual collection has been stabilized, the applicant’s Education Department would continue to work with local teachers to incorporate film and video into school lesson plans through its Teacher’s Resource Portal.

The Detroit Historical Society requests funding to purchase storage supplies for its audiovisual collection, which includes audio and video tape as well as film-based media. This media contains promotional and educational materials developed for the Society, public domain third-party footage such as newsreels, amateur and home footage, promotional material related to local events and businesses and public service announcements, press conferences, tributes, speeches, courtroom video, and raw footage from events. Supplies needed include archival storage boxes for VHS, Beta3, Beta6 and U-matic video formats, acid-free archival storage cartons for film reels, VHS cassette tape containers, and acid detection strips. The Society’s audiovisual collection is currently in varying stages of storage, and this grant would support the Society’s effort to store the entire collection, which is vital to the preservation of metro Detroit’s history, according to Museum archival best practices.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,105 (approved)
$4,105 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016