Audiovisual Collections Care in Tribal Archives

The Community Archiving Workshop, a project of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, proposes to address the widespread threat to a/v (film, video, audio) holdings in humanities collections through a series of regional workshops for tribal archives, libraries and museums (TALMs). In a 2012 survey, 60% of responding TALMs stated that they are stewards of important a/v recordings. In partnership with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums, CAW proposes to support efforts to preserve and improve access to these collections by training tribal archivists and librarians to inventory and assess their collections, and to prioritize and prepare them for digitization. Each workshop is preceded by group webinars followed by the delivery of a one-day onsite workshop in which participants learn to identify different media formats and risk factors, establish controlled vocabulary for description of a/v collections, and document and prioritize collections for preservation. Workshop participants also learn about digitization methods for audiovisual assets. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the workshop switched to a remote model, delivering training to five organizations in the Southwest. This cohort participated in nine training webinars (approximately 2.5 hours each), received one-on-one mentorship by CAW members, learned to inspect and inventory an unprocessed audiovisual collection in their organization’s holdings, digitized select audiovisual assets, and received a resulting preservation plan written by their mentor. 

The participating organizations in the Southwest cohort are:

  • Zuni Tribal Archives
  • The Wyandotte Nation Cultural Center and Museum
  • Poeh Cultural Center Archives, Pueblo of Pojoaque
  • Comanche Nation Language Department
  • Wahzhazhe Cultural Center 

The CAW Mentors for this cohort are:

  • Kelli Hix
  • Marie Lascu
  • Rachel Beattie
  • Moriah Ulinskas
  • Sandra Yates

Click on Tribal Archives – Southwest Cohort  to learn more about our members.

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.


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