MediaPreserve partners with the Harry Ransom Center to digitize and preserve more than 2800 rare recordings
Recorded sound has a way of bringing history to life. We are able to eavesdrop on meetings and interviews, hear our favorite authors dictate their notes, and sit in on rehearsals of performances. But we can only hear these events if we are able to play the media on which the sound is stored. This is why the Ransom Center embarked on a massive digitization project in 2018. Unlocking Sound Stories, a project funded in part by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is preserving and providing access to 2800 recordings. Since the project commenced in fall 2018, 2100 recordings, now in digital format, have been made available in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room; another 700 more will be added in the coming months. All of the preserved recordings will only be available onsite at the Ransom Center. Additionally, 750 recorded interviews with authors, directors, and actors conducted by New York Times theater critic, Mel Gussow will be available online. The Gussow recordings will be accessible via the Center’s digital collections’ webpage.
The MediaPreserve restores and digitizes the KATV News film and video archival collection for The Pryor Center
In 2009 when KATV, then owned by Allbritton Communications Company, donated the KATV News archive to the Pryor Center. Approximately 300 hours of film dating from the 1960s to the late 1970s had been preserved. The Pryor Center recovered those existing film reels and partnered with The Media Preserve to restore and digitize the film. The Media Preserve is digitizing the film frame-by-frame in a high-resolution format. The handwritten log sheets have been transcribed and time codes linking the titles to the video files have been added.
In September 2019, 26,000 videotapes recorded in the late 1970’s will be shipped to The Media Preserve to be digitized over the next year.
The MediaPreserve plays role in new documentary “Making Montgomery Clift”
The MediaPreserve scanned several films featured in this documentary.
Classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift’s legacy has long been a story of tragedy and self-destruction. But when his nephew dives into the family archives, a much more complicated picture emerges.
Congratulations to Doug Sheer on his retirement from Artists Talk on Art.
MediaPreserve staff present research at AMIA
The MediaPreserve partners with the Pryor Center to preserve Arkansas state history
We’re in the basement of the former bank building on the Fayetteville square that now serves as the home of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. There are boxes scattered about–lots of them. Those boxes are being filled with film canisters that will be shipped to a Pennsylvania company known as The Media Preserve, which has been in the audiovisual preservation business since 2007. The company has digitized materials for hundreds of institutions. Now it’s going to digitize more than 550,000 feet of film that was stored at KATV’s building in downtown Little Rock.
Won’t you be my Neighbor
The MediaPreserve was involved in digitizing the legacy film, audio, and video footage included in this documentary.
The MediaPreserve digitized all historic film footage used to make this documentary.