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PW-228269-15

PEN American Center, Inc. (New York, NY 10012-3229)
Antonio Aiello (Project Director: 07/17/2014 to present)

Digital Archive of Free Expression

Digitization of 1,200 hours of audio and video recordings gathered from 800 events sponsored by the PEN American Center, documenting the organization’s mission to advance freedom of expression worldwide.

The Digital Archive project is intended to digitize, preserve and make available free of charge online to scholars, researchers, and the public at large more than 1200 hours of audio and video recordings from 800 events currently unavailable to the public. This would result in a collection of valuable original-source reference materials that can be used for research, teaching, and learning across a broad spectrum of humanities disciplines. The vast majority of the materials that we propose to digitize are unique to PEN American Center, having been conceptualized, produced, and curated by PEN American Center and are therefore not to be found in other archives or collections. PEN intends to engage with an audiovisual preservation and digitization specialist in order to process, catalogue, and digitize the materials. The digitalized materials will be made available in Princeton University's online reference systems and on PEN's website.

Project fields:
Literature, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 9/30/2017