The Library houses a significant portion of the nation’s cultural heritage. It has an obligation to preserve and make available everything from Jefferson’s letters to audiotapes of  William Faulkner’s lectures to born digital projects such as “The Valley of the Shadow.” This is an infinite and pressing challenge, and grants and private support will allow the U.Va. Library to build, equip, and staff a preservation lab; preserve materials in traditional formats, and explore new arenas of preservation.

The Library just received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to preserve and digitize 16 mm film from Roanoke television station WSLS. The collection consists of 12,500 tapes from the 1950s through 1970s. View clips from the collection.

Want to know more? Read the University conservator’s blog to keep up with current projects.


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Hoke Perkins, Assoc. University Librarian for Philanthropy
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