Preservation

Chair: Greg Wilsbacher

AMIA Preservation Committee Mission Statement

The Preservation Committee of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) works to ensure that preservation issues facing collections, archives and archivists are discussed by AMIA’s membership so that traditional and evolving methods and technologies meet the preservation needs of the broadest possible communities. In the process it fosters open discussion and debate about preservation treatments, protocols, and workflows for all types of moving image materials and the long-term survivability of digitized assets. Any AMIA member can participate in the committee’s activities.

Resources

Film Shrinkage Gauge.  The AMIA film shrinkage gauge is a benefit of membership developed under the auspices of the Preservation Committee. The gauge was manufactured and purchased in 1997 and can be used to measure the linear shrinkage in any roll of 35mm, 16mm or regular 8mm film. The film shrinkage gauge is available for loan free of charge to any member of AMIA.

Waveform Monitor/Vector Scope. Waveform monitor is a benefit brought to you by the members of the Preservation Committee. The Waveform Monitor is available for loan free of charge to any member of AMIA.

Past Projects

With assistance from the Preservation Committee, AMIA recently prepared a factsheet on Storage Standards and Guidelines for both motion picture film and videotape. This document outlines current temperature and humidity standards, provides information on storage-related publications and resources, as well as contact information and links to selected storage providers.