***With hopeful optimism, the deadline to respond to the "Saving Recorded History" needs assessment has been extended until June 1, 2020. We appreciate the many collecting institutions that have already responded, but realize some may need access to collections in order to complete the quick survey. The situation will be reassessed as time goes on to determine if further extensions are needed. In the interim, please know we are thinking of you and hoping you are well during these unprecented times.***
Audiovisual (AV) materials are essential to preserving cultural heritage, yet many are endangered and some have been lost forever. To help Native communities provide better care for AV collections, the National Endowment for the Humanities is supporting a two-year project to study the needs of collecting institutions holding Native audiovisual materials, to develop regional training hubs, and to provide robust training in the care and management of audiovisual collections.
If you hold audiovisual collections with Native content, there are three ways to get involved with this groundbreaking project:
- Help develop a master plan to guide future programs and establish funding priorities by responding to the Saving Recorded History: A Needs Assessment Survey of Native Audiovisual Collections. The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete. Responses should be received by June 1, 2020.
- Serve as a Regional Community Archiving Workshop Host Organization and receive funding, training, equipment, and assistance with processing collections while also helping neighboring tribes. Five regional workshop hosts in Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental USA will be selected. Apply to be a Regional Workshop Host
- Apply to serve as a Community Partner at the "Audiovisual Collections Care and Management Workshop" scheduled for November 30 in Washington, DC. One or more Native organizations with unprocessed audiovisual collections will be selected. Community Partners bring unprocessed audiovisual collections to the workshop where they are assessed and processed by workshop participants under professional supervision. Apply to be a Community Partner at the Audiovisual Collections Care and Management Workshop
We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to hearing from you.
Susan Feller, President & CEO
Moriah Ulinskas, Audiovisual Archivist/Project Director
This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by the Community Archiving Workshop, a project of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Project support is provided by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.