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PW-253708-17

Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (Seattle, WA,, WA 98104-1850)
Rachel Price (Project Director: 07/15/2016 to present)

Magnetic Media in the Pacific Northwest: Saving our Visual Media

The appraisal and digitization of audiovisual collections held by members of the Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound (MIPoPS) regional consortium, including materials documenting Pacific Northwest history, Native American languages and cultures, and the history of industry in the region. The four participating institutions would participate in training to build their capacity for the stewardship and preservation of audiovisual collections.

The urgency of digitizing audio and videotape is a critical concern for professional moving image archivists. Magnetic media tapes have a lifespan of twenty to thirty years from the date they were created; tapes in archives across the country are reaching the end of their lifespan. Based on a 2015–16 pilot program, MIPoPS is poised to address the magnetic media crisis in the Pacific Northwest on a larger scale. This grant proposes assisting four institutions with videotape in their holdings preserve a portion of their visual history, by targeting specific collections that have not been preserved or made accessible: University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives, University of Washington Special Collections, Museum of History and Industry and Wing Luke Museum. Participants will work with MIPoPS to digitize video of high research value, creating preservation quality digital surrogates, while also providing important access to previously hidden collections.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$136,500 (approved)
$136,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 4/30/2019