Unique footage from Roanoke, Virginia’s WSLS-TV was destined for a dumpster when staff of the local station thought to call the Library’s Robertson Media Center. The rescued collection of 12,500 tapes and 20,000 transcript pages is now the only known surviving news film archive of the civil rights era in Virginia, and it is now being included in studies of this period of American history. The Library just received an NEH grant to help preserve the collection. View clips from the collection.
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.
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- U.Va. Library Receives NEH Grant to Preserve and Digitize Rare Civil Rights-Era Films
- Government Documents Exhibition at Harrison/Small October 18, 2010 Through January 15, 2011
- “Global Collections” Library Exhibition Opens September 30
- Faulkner Speaks: U.Va. Launches Audio Archive of Author’s Time at the University
- The University of Virginia Magazine: Bookplate collection illuminates merger of art and literature