On Demand: Navigating Grant Funding for Local TV Collections: A Roundtable, Online, Friday, 19. June 2020

An opportunity to speak with and learn from colleagues across the US who have received grants to digitize and preserve local TV collections.

About this Event

April 24, 2020

12:00pm (PDT) | 3:00pm (EDT)

AMIA Members:  Free | Non-Members:     $15

Local television archives range from the commercially produced output of local network affiliates to community-focused local programming. Diverse in their content and origins, all of these materials are at risk for permanent loss in part because of the high costs associated with preserving and providing access to them. Although more grant opportunities have emerged to fund the preservation of at-risk audiovisual materials, custodians of local TV archives **** unique challenges in competing for these grants. This 1-hour roundtable webinar discussion will feature colleagues from across the United States who have successfully navigated these challenges and received national and regional grants to fund the preservation of educational, community-access, public broadcasting, and local network TV collections. Please join us to ask your questions, to learn from their experiences, and to support local TV preservation.


Laura Treat (she/her/hers) is the Preservation Assets Coordinator for Austin PBS and chair of AMIA’s News/Documentary/Television and Regional Audiovisual Archives Committees. She previously worked at Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and University of North Texas where she worked with regional broadcast television archives and amateur moving image collections. She has received two Common Heritage Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize and provide access to regional moving images.


Nathan Saunders, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2019, the William Madison Randall Library at the University of North Carolina Wilmington was awarded a CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant of $44,871 to digitize 1,412 U-Matic videotapes (1982-1999) containing local news footage from network affiliate WWAY.

Catriona Schlosser, CUNY TV Archive. In 2019, CUNY Television was awarded a CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant of $117,146 for their project, “Uncovering The City University of New York’s Audiovisual Heritage.” CUNY TV will digitize and make accessible 1,284 videotapes from television collections located at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, Hunter College’s Centro de Estudios Puertoriqueños, and the College of Staten Island. The programming documents various subjects such as Puerto Rico, criminal justice, education and NYC society, culture and politics.

Eileen Crosby, The Holyoke Public Library. In 2019, The Holyoke Public Library in Western Massachusetts received a CLIR Recordings at Risk grant of $14,644 to digitize 173 at risk videotaped recordings of the bilingual Vecinos/Neighbors community access television program produced by Puerto Rican and Latino community leaders and activists in 1991-1995 and a portion of the VHS recordings in the History Room’s La Familia Hispana, Inc. collection.

Emily Vinson, The University of Houston. In 2016, the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections received a $24,000 grant from TexTreasures grant, funded through an IMLS program to digitize, describe, and make available over 500 news and documentary recordings from Houston’s public broadcasting station KUHT. The success of this project was followed in 2018 with a $23,500 CLIR Recordings at Risk grant to digitize 120 16mm films from the station’s earliest days as an educational station, broadcasting both for-credit “telecourses” and programming for the edification of the general public.

On Demand: Navigating Grant Funding for Local TV Collections: A Roundtable

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