Explorers and scientists hiking a glacier in Southeast Alaska, 1926. William O. Field Papers, AAF-21001 (still image from film), Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. http://library.uaf.edu/film-archives

Regional Audiovisual Archives Committee (RAVA)

Chair: Laura Treat
On Twitter: @rava_amia
On Facebook: @AMIARAVA

The Regional Audio-Visual Archives (RAVA) Committee addresses the needs and concerns of archivists who find themselves responsible for preserving and providing access to audiovisual materials that document the history of geographical areas and local cultures. This committee seeks to enhance communication and collaboration between regional archivists and explore initiatives that bring greater attention to the value and challenges of regional audiovisual materials.

RAVA Incubator SubCommittee (Siobhan C. Hagan, Chair)

The purpose of the RAVA Incubator Subcommittee is to nurture and facilitate the development and sustainability of audiovisual archival non-profit organizations whose mission is exclusively dedicated to regional moving image content. The subcommittee will offer new, existing, and emerging organizations various resources, including: shared experience, mentoring, networking opportunities, and professional development.

RAVA Regional Representatives

Regional Representatives are RAVA committee members who have generously volunteered to help answer your questions about working with audiovisual archives in specific regions of the United States. Representatives are not available for in-depth reference consultations, but may provide general guidance on locating regional audiovisual collections and/or donating materials to an appropriate regional archive. If the region you are interested in is not listed below, please consult the Deep Focus Database or contact the RAVA Committee Chair for additional assistance.

Mid-Atlantic Region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia)

Siobhan C. Hagan (siobhan@marmia.org

Siobhan Hagan is currently the Project Manager of the Memory Lab Network at the DC Public Library. She is also the founder, President, and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive. While Siobhan has worked in a variety of collecting organizations throughout her career, including the UCLA Library, the National Aquarium, and the Smithsonian Institute, her particular passion lies in local broadcast television archives and personal archiving.

New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)

Becca Bender (she/her/hers) (bbender@rihs.org)

Becca Bender is the Archivist & Curator of Moving Image and Recorded Sound at the Rhode Island Historical Society. She has extensive knowledge of local news collections from the perspective of both an archivist and a researcher as she was a documentary archival producer for many years prior to joining the RIHS.

Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana)

Hannah Palin (filmarc@uw.ed)

Hannah Palin is the Film Archives Specialist at the University of Washington Libraries.

Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)

Louisa Trott (ltrott1@utk.edu

Louisa Trott is the digital projects librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has worked in various roles at film archives and libraries in the UK and US–mostly with amateur film collections–and is the co-founder of the Tennessee Archive for Moving Image and Sound in Knoxville.

Southwest (Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

Emily Vinson (evinson@uh.edu)

Emily Vinson is Audiovisual Archivist and curator of the KUHT and KUHF Collections at the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections. Prior to UH, Emily worked as an archivist at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; a project archivist preserving unique audio holdings at New York Public Radio; and a fellow in Preservation Administration at New York Public Library. She holds an MS in Information Studies with a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Preservation Administration from the University of Texas, Austin.

Rodrigo Leal (he, him, his) (rleal@texasarchive.org)

Rodrigo Leal is the Audiovisual Archivist for Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI). His current areas of focus are in amateur film collections and some broadcast television. He has an MSIS from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin and has worked for the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives, and the Benson Latin American Collection.

Natasha Margulis (she, her, hers) (nmargulis@astate.edu)

Natasha Margulis is the Political Collections and Digital Archivist for Arkansas State University.  She has been working on a local TV news film collection that spans the years from 1973 to 1980 and has resulted in the digitization of over 6000 individual news stories.  She has a PhD in history from the University of Cincinnati, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh with a specialization in archives, and a DAS from the Society of American Archivists.

All Other Regions

Laura Treat, Committee Chair (she, her, hers) (laurajtreat@gmail.com)

Laura Treat is the Preservation Assets Coordinator for Austin PBS. She previously worked as a moving image archivist at Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) and University of North Texas where she worked primarily with regional broadcast television archives and amateur film collections. She holds an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas, Austin. 



Past Projects

RAVA Remix & Reuse

Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Meeting, Community Archiving Workshop, November 13, 2019

Speakers: Becca Bender, Siobhan Hagan, Hannah Palin

RAVA Committee members spoke at the Community Archiving Workshop about how RAVA collections can be remixed and reused by different communities.