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- The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA): www.amianet.org
- The Association of Moving Image Archivists focuses on archiving
through acquisition, preservation, and exhibition. It offers workshops,
publications, and meetings to promote preservation activities
and to educate the public. The AMIA web site also includes a useful
Preservation Fact Sheet.
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
- is a national membership organization of conservation professionals
dedicated to preserving artistic and historic artifacts. In 2002,
AIC devoted Volume 40, No. 3, of their journal to the issue of
installation art preservation. Titled “TechArcheology:
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation,”
the publication can be ordered online.
- Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC): www.arsc-audio.org
- The ARSC is an international organization
dedicated to all aspects of recorded sound. It holds conferences, publishes
findings, and provides grants and awards to help developing and disseminate
information in the field of sound media. A reprint of the 1959 Library of
Congress document Preservation and Storage of Sound Recordings
is available for purchase through their site.
- Electronic Media Specialty Group (EMG): aic.stanford.edu/sg/emg/index.html
- EMG is a specialty group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic
and Artistic Works (AIC). EMG’s mission is twofold: to preserve electronic
art and electronic-based cultural materials, and to serve as a means for conservators
to develop and maintain relevant knowledge. Abstracts and transcripts of meetings
are posted on the site. The EMG resource page links to different sites, mailing
lists, and listservs. The most pertinent listserv is IMAGELIB, geared
toward people involved with libraries of images. Much of the material involves
digital imaging and related topics, and there is an extensive links page.
To subscribe, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMG also hosts a format guide, found at www.paulmessier.com/videoid/.
- Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP): www.imappreserve.org
- Independent Media Arts Preservation
is a service, education, and advocacy organization committed to the preservation
of noncommercial electronic media. IMAP serves as the hub of its diverse constituents,
who approach media arts from varied perspectives and professions. IMAP’s online
Cataloging Template and Tutorial is a standards-based tool for individuals
who lack professional training in archival management or information science.
- National Archives and Records Administration: www.archives.gov/preservation
- The National Archives and Records Administration is charged
with providing access to documents on the rights of American citizens,
the actions of federal officials, and “the national experience.”
Although only a small section of this site is devoted to audio/video
preservation, general preservation information, such as
guide and storage
guidelines, is included.
- National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute:
- Established by AFI and the National
Endowment for the Arts, the National Center for Film and Video Preservation
aims to function as a center for American moving-image preservation. Its goals
include, but are not limited to, the implementation of a National Moving Image
Database (NAMID), the acquisition of films and television programs for the
AFI collection at the Library of Congress, and public education on preservation
issues. The AFI Silent Film Database should be available on the site shortly.
- National Film Preservation Foundation: www.filmpreservation.org
- Dedicated to the survival, conservation,
and public availability of American films, the Foundation’s site includes
information on grants, basic film preservation, and a searchable database
of archives from around the country as well as the Foundation’s database of
more than 600 films (searchable by title, date, program, or archive). The
section called Preservation & Storage Practices includes a brief description
of the treatment of film decay.
- The National Television and Video Preservation Foundation (NTVPF):
- The NTVPF is an
independent, nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to the preservation
of and access to television and video projects in the United States.
- POBA - Where the Arts Live:
- POBA is the first-ever virtual cultural arts center to celebrate the enduring and transformative power of creativity by featuring works of deceased 20th and 21st century artists that span the full gamut of artistic expression. POBA was founded to showcase, promote, and preserve the creative work of artists who have died without recognition of the full measure of their talents or creative legacies. POBA's mission is simple: it aims to keep their creative works alive, and through them to inspire, provoke, intrigue, entertain, and enliven us.
- Society of American Archivists (SAA): www.archivists.org
- The Society of American Archivists
is the largest professional archival association in North America. Its site
includes links to various roundtables that they host (including one on Recorded
Sound and one on Visual Materials Cataloging & Access). The SAA also has
a number of listservs on preservation and managing electronic records.
- The Standby Program: www.standby.org/preservation.html
- The Standby Program is a professionally equipped, non-profit preservation center based in NYC. Standby offers collection evaluation, cleaning, transfer, and restoration of at risk material to current formats at affordable rates. The program serves media makers, artists and institutions nationwide.