Audiovisual Preservation

Thanks to a series of generous grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Grammy Foundation, the Southern Folklife Collection has been able to complete a significant amount of digitization of its historic analog audiovisual holdings, allowing for increased preservation and access to its collections.

Through the most recent Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Sources: Implementation grant (Mellon funded), a combination of in-house and vendor outsourcing efforts has allowed for over 15,500 items to be preserved over the last three years, ranging from lacquer discs to HDCAM videotapes. This content can now be accessed and streamed online across 125 different collections through our Finding Aids.

Looking to the future, the audiovisual preservation team has begun to expand work to include at-risk audiovisual recordings across Wilson Library curatorial units, focusing on items that present similar conservation and preservation challenges.