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University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Lawrence Robert Rinder (Project Director: July 2017 to March 2020)
Susan Oxtoby (Project Director: March 2020 to December 2020)
Julie Rodrigues Widholm (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Saving Top Value Television: Alternative Documentation of American Cultural History and Politics

The digitization and preservation of 254 hours of video footage and documentaries and related archival materials, created by Top Value Television, an independent collective of video and media artists and documentarians who captured American cultural events and political campaigns in the 1970s.

The two-year project "Saving Top Value Television: Alternative Documentation of American Cultural History and Politics" will preserve and enhance access to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's distinctive Top Value Television (TVTV) Collection--videotapes and paper materials that document a seminal component of the early history of video, important historical and political events, and an alternative approach to television. This initiative will ensure the longevity of this unique, vulnerable, and socially significant historical collection, and will make it widely available to students, faculty, researchers, scholars, and the general public via the Internet and on site at the BAMPFA Film Library & Study Center.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Political History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$220,537 (approved)
$219,889 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2018 – 4/30/2021