Author: jbeiserpra

Project archivist for Pacifica Radio Archives' American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant project. I've been working as an archivist at Pacifica since November 2010, with a special interest in audio archiving, preservation, digital archives, women's collections, and music.

Malvina Reynolds story featured in the OC Weekly

A beautiful article about activist musician Malvina Reynolds by Gabriel San Roman was published this week in the OC Weekly. Audio preserved as part of the American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 project was used for research for this article by Gabriel. And the piece includes a link to a recording of a conversation between Malvina and activist Dorothy Healey preserved in this collection.

Enjoy Gabriel’s wonderful article and this interview on behalf of the Pacifica Radio Archives and the American Women Making History and Culture project! Also, browse other recordings of Malvina preserved in the project here.

We are so happy the audio preserved in this collection is being used for wonderful work like this!

Thank you to the NHPRC for their generous funding for the American Women project.

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American Women project completed!

Over 1,900 historic broadcast recordings available streaming online!

We are pleased to announce that our “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982” project is completed! All of the grant project deliverables have been met. These include:

  1. A searchable finding aid available on the Online Archive of California.
  2. Over 1,900 recordings streaming freely on the Internet Archive and the UC Berkeley Library catalog OskiCat.
  3. Item level descriptions of recordings available on the Pacifica Radio Archives online catalog.
  4. A manual for completing similar digital preservation projects.
  5. Reports and more. Visit the project’s official webpage here: http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/nhprc1/home

We invite you to listen to these historic recordings and share with fellow students, researchers, professors, librarians, archivists, and media creators far and wide.

We want to say a special thanks to the National Historic Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives and Records Administration for their matching funds making this project possible, and to our partners: the Internet Archive, UC Berkeley Library, and George Blood, LP.

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Report from Archives 2015: SAA in Cleveland

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

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Greetings! I recently returned to Los Angeles after a trip to Cleveland for the Society of American Archivists 2015 Annual Meeting. This trip and conference was an opportunity to let other archivists know about the important work we’re doing here at Pacifica to preserve women’s history, and to find out more about similar undertakings at other institutions.

My first two stops were the Recorded Sound Roundtable and Women’s Collections Roundtable meetings. At the Recorded Sound meeting we learned about the state of the initiatives having to do with Audiovisual Archives collections, including the publication of the ARSC Manual and the upcoming AMIA conference in Portland, OR. We also discussed initiatives the Roundtable might want to undertake during the 2015-2016 year, trainings seeming to be the most popular idea. I announced at the Women’s Collections Roundtable that we are almost finished with the American Women project (!!) and received enthusiastic interest and encouragement. Postcards announcing the project were also made available at the conference.

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On Thursday afternoon I presented with Carrie Daniels, Director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Louisville, Aaron Rosenblum, Associate Curator of Special Collections at The Filson Historical Society, and Josh Ranger of A/V Preserve on the topic “Can I Trash This? Managing Physical Media Collections Post-digitization“. We had an energetic conversation about the special needs of audiovisual materials and why institutions choose to hold on to the analog materials once they’ve already been digitized, especially in light of their short (10-15 year) future lifespan. I talked about how as a result of the American Women project, we now have a plan to store digital preservation masters at the California Digital Library, Internet Archive, and in house, and are shipping the master tapes to the University of Maryland for long-term safekeeping. This will allow more room in our in-house vault for finding, digitally preserving, and making accessible more gems from our collection.

The conference allowed for more connections with Women’s collections archivists who can spread the word about the American Women collection to scholars and researchers at their institutions, and with audiovisual archivists with whom we are sharing ideas and best practices for preserving and sharing our collections.

Thank you to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for their support of this great project.

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American Women project presentations

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

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Beautiful Bryn Mawr College!

In May I traveled to the lovely state of Pennsylvania to, as part of this NHPRC-funded undertaking, give presentations on the “American Women” project at two conferences.  The first was “Women’s History in the Digital World 2015,” the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21 and 22, 2015.  The conference was to “bring together experts, novices, and all those in between to share insights, lessons, and resources for the many projects emerging at the crossroads of history, the digital humanities, and women’s and gender studies…the conference will feature the work of librarians and archivists, faculty, students, independent scholars, and other stakeholders in the development of women’s and gender histories within digital scholarship.” You can view the presentation I gave to scholars and researchers about the American women project here: BrynMawr2015_20150519.

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Beautiful Pittsburgh!

On May 26th I traveled to Pittsburgh for the 49th annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) conference, held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. I gave a presentation as part of the one day Pre-conference Workshop “From Idea to Deliverable: Planning and Executing Your Grant-Funded Project” on “Writing a Convincing Narrative”. You can view this presentation by clicking here: JBeiser_Narrative_20150527

And on Friday, May 29th, myself and former Pacifica Archivist Holly Rose McGee gave a presentation at the ARSC conference on the American Women project.  You can see our presentation here: Pacifica_ARSC_2015_audioOK

It was a pleasure to bring this important project and collection into the awareness of scholars, educators, archivists and librarians from all over the country. I was shown so much enthusiasm about the important work we’re doing here at Pacifica.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 100th Anniversary

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

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This month celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)–founded in 1915 in the midst of the first World War.  The Women’s Power to Stop War Conference is currently underway  at the Hague in the Netherlands to commemorate this important event and the women who have been fighting for Peace all over the world.

Pacifica Radio’s Amy Goodman is there, and you can listen to her Democracy Now broadcast from the conference here: http://www.democracynow.org/

Naturally, Pacifica Radio has interviewed several members and recorded several events of WILPF over the years, and we have found six such recordings, four of which are included in our American Women Making History and Culture project.  You can see descriptive records for these programs here: http://pacificaradioarchives.org/subject-tags/womens-international-league-peace-and-freedom-0.

These recordings and an other 1,996 will be available streaming through the U.C. Berkeley Library’s online catalog and through the Internet Archive this fall! Stay tuned!

April update

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Edgar, prepping the boxes for shipment.

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

We are two-thirds of the way through this incredible project, having digitized 1,275 recordings out of the 1,700 to be digitized. Or final batch of 425 tapes have arrived at George Blood, LP in Philadephia, PA and are being cooled down prior to digitization due to extensive sticky-shed syndrome found in the batch, a common problem found in 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tapes from this time period (late 70s-early 80s).

Preparing this batch before shipping was also a rough go, which is why we jokingly referred to it as “BARTCH 4”. It contains hundreds of recordings that had little-to-no descriptive information in their records nor on their box labels, many of them requiring new descriptive records altogether. We are ever grateful for the funding from NHPRC to preserve this batch because there are so many gems that could have been lost without this project! Some highlights include: Black Ms. America, Eleanor Smeal announces the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and numerous Women’s music festivals and concert recordings. We’re looking forward to getting these digital files back and listening to them in June!

 

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American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982  

 

CD Release Party    

 Join Sonali Kolhatkar, host of KPFK’s Uprising and Brian DeShazor, Pacifica Radio Archives Director and host of From the Vault.

   

Hear for the first time in decades the sounds of Anaïs Nin, Dr. Margaret Mead, Lily Tomlin, Judy Chicago, Audre Lorde and many more.

We’re recording for an upcoming From the Vault episode!  Raise your voice and be part of the national broadcast.

Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, beer & wine

Where: Feminist Majority

433 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 — 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Click for online Tickets: $50 for single; $75 for two

or call 1-800-735-0230

Exclusive Gift: CD NEW RELEASE

 

“American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982,” Volume 1

 

 American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 is funded in part by a matching grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.