November 13, 2019, Deaf Folklife Films Collection, Baltimore Museum of Industry, Baltimore, MD
For this workshop we worked with the Deaf Folklife Films Collection- a project which aims to foster the emergence of Humanistic studies of the language and history of the American deaf community. The collection is held at the Sign Language Research Lab at Georgetown University. Participants in this workshop handled collections of film (16mm, 8mm, Super 8mm) and analog video (VHS, U-matic, Betacam SP, MiniDV, DVCAM). The workshop included presentations and a lunchtime screening by the Regional Audiovisual Archives Committee and the Center for Home Movies.
Over 50 volunteers inspected and inventoried 250 films, 76 videos and 98 digital assets.
Of those, 20 films and four videos were digitized.
Special thanks to AV Geeks and Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archives for bringing their equipment and doing the digitization!
About The Deaf Folklife Films Collection
The Deaf Folklife Films Collection aims to foster the emergence of Humanistic studies of the language and history of the American deaf community through discovery of the indigenous perspective in films produced in the deaf community. The project is led by Professor Ted Supalla, of the Sign Language Research Lab at Georgetown University. Professor Supalla studies the structure, acquisition and history of indigenous signed languages. Analysis of the films is undertaken by Matthew Malzkuhn, a faculty member of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. The collection contains film and video recordings originating from educational institutions, the Rochester Deaf Heritage Preservation Project, records of theatrical productions and workshops, and home movies from families in the United States and Mexico.