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Managing Audiovisual Collections in Native Cultural Institutions


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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:

  1. Respond to the national survey that will inform a report on the condition of audiovisual collections and make recommendations on future actions. The Saving Recorded History: A Needs Assessment Survey of Native Audiovisual Collections will take about 25 minutes to complete. Responses should be received by June 1, 2020.
  2. Apply to host a Regional Community Archiving Workshop. Five regional workshop hosts in strategic locations in Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental USA will be selected. To learn more about the benefits for host sites and apply, go to Apply to be a Regional Workshop Host
  3. Apply to participate in 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. To learn more and apply, go to Apply to be a Community Partner

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