Thanhouser studio in New Rochelle, NY ca. 1910 Photo credit: Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc.

Capturing Changing Technologies

The field of audiovisual archiving and preservation has experienced tremendous technological change over the last thirty years.  Maintaining and repairing obsolete equipment and access to individuals with specialized technical knowledge are just two of the significant challenges institutions face in relation to the preservation of analog formats. By preserving anecdotal knowledge and personal experiences of those in the audiovisual archiving community through oral histories, technical knowledge that might otherwise be excluded from our cultural heritage can be captured