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Managing Audiovisual Collections in Native Cultural Institutions

The Community Archiving Workshop (CAW) is seeking one or more Native cultural institution partners to bring their unprocessed collections of audiovisual materials (film, video, audio recordings) to the October 24 “Audiovisual Collections Care and Management Workshop” in Oklahoma City as part of the 2023 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums. Under the supervision of audiovisual professionals, the materials will be inspected, labeled, and inventoried by teams of workshop participants. Community Archiving Workshop members will provide the partnering cultural institution with a prioritized inventory and preservation recommendations after the workshop.

Learn more about this opportunity and apply to be a Collection Partner here. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2023.

Past Workshops

Cultural institutions participating in past programs found the Community Archiving Workshop to be a great way to kick start processing and preservation planning of collections while learning from professionals. In 2018, workshop participants processed over 100 recordings for the Medweganoonind Library and Tribal Archives of Red Lake Nation and in 2019 over 200 analog assets and over 800 digital assets were processed for the Malki Museum in Banning, California and the Northwest Museum of Art and Culture in Spokane, WA. In 2022, workshop participants inventoried 205 audiovisual assets for the Agua Caliente Tribe of Cupeño Indians. Examples of other past workshops are available here:

The “Audiovisual Collections Care and Management Workshop” is part of a three-year project to help Native communities provide better care for AV collections. The project will study the needs of collecting institutions holding Native audiovisual materials, develop regional training hubs, and provide robust training in the care and management of audiovisual collections. Support for the project is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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