Moving Image Archiving and Preservation

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Fall 2004 Speaker Series

Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program, Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Cinema Studies

Navigating the Future: How Archivists Can Thrive, Not Just Survive

Tuesday, September 21st
Room 656

Archives and technology aren't converging, they are moving away from another at a disturbing rate of speed. Technology offers archives much of what they need to preserve and make the moving image heritage accessible to all now and forever. Unfortunately, archivists aren't for the most part engaging technology in productive ways. And while new access technologies promise to enrich our cultures, outdated conceptions of copyright and intellectual property relations threaten to stifle the free exchange of ideas, insights and information. How can we, as archivists, navigate a principled and forward-looking course through these obstacles?

Rick Prelinger is founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of "ephemeral" (advertising, industrial, and amateur) films.

Light refreshments will be served in the 6th floor lounge from 6-7pm.

The Pacifica Radio Archives: Preserving a Living History

Tuesday, October 5th
Room 656

Archives Director, Brian DeShazor presents the work and recordings of the Pacifica Radio Archives, the oldest collection (47,000 tapes) of public radio programming in the United States . The talk focuses on the evolution of the archives collection that includes rare recordings of some of the most visionary and influential thinkers of the 20th century and PRA's Preservation & Access Project. Audio samples featured will be Allen Ginsberg reading "Howl", 1957; Fannie Lou Hamer interview, 1965; Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968.

Light refreshments will be served in the 6th floor lounge from 6-7pm.

The International Federation of Film Archives;
& The CineFiles online film clippings database

Wednesday, October 6th
5:30-6:30 PM
12th floor Dean's Conference Room

Nancy Goldman will cover two topics related to film archives and libraries. She will discuss the work of the International Federation of Film Archives, and will present and demonstrate CineFiles, Pacific Film Archive's digital image database of film documents.

Nancy Goldman is Head of the Library and Film Study Center at the Pacific Film Archive. She is also the Head of the Documentation and Cataloging Commission of the International Federation of Film Archives. Goldman has written a number of articles on media resources and film librarianship, and is Editor of the International Directory of Film and TV Documentation Collections, published on the FIAF International Film Archive Database.

These are two separate talks.

International Aspects of Moving Image Archiving

Friday October 29th
5:30-7:00 pm
Room 656

Ray Edmondson will discuss the nature and role of CCAAA (Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations) and its constituent federations, such as FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) and AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists), as well as the role and programs of UNESCO. He will explore aspects of the wider international archives movement and topical issues such as the politics of archiving and growing threats to the survival and security of individual archives (such as in Great Britain and Australia).

Ray Edmondson is director of Archives Associates, a consultancy company, and holds offices in SEAPAVAA (Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association) and AMIA. He is Curator Emeritus at ScreenSound Austrialia where he served as deputy director until 2001. He writes and speaks in various countries and is author of 'A Philosophy of Audiovisual Archiving', published by UNESCO.

Newsreel Archiving as Revisionist Historiography

Fri November 19th
Room 656

Professor Dan Streible will discuss doing historical and archival research using the primary materials of a newsreel collection, focusing on the earliest sound-on-film period (1927-1930). Streible will explore how such research contributes to historiography as well as archiving and preservation practices.

This lecture will be followed by light refreshments.