Methodology

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.

Quarterly Report to National Archives

by Brian DeShazor, Project Director

Pacifica Radio Archives recently submitted our quarterly report to the National Archives, describing the grant project activities undertaken during the quarter that included January, February and March of 2015. Highlights include the many ways we’ve promoted the project, particularly during March–Women’s History Month, via social media ( https://twitter.com/PacificaRadioAr, Soundcloud.com https://soundcloud.com/pacificaradioarchives, and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/19664526892/), via public service announcements on the radio, and events including the March 28th “Anaïs Nin’s Influence: Women who Knew Nin Talk About her Writing, Her Life and Their Friendship with Her” at the City of West Hollywood City Council Chambers and March 31st “Poetry Slam at Busboys and Poets” in Washington, D.C.

Feel free to peruse the report by downloading here: NHPRC report_April 30 2015.

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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Batch 3 on it’s way to being digitized

by Jolene M. Beiser, Project Archivist

Four hundred and twenty-five more tapes are on their way to George Blood, LP in Philadelphia PA for digitization! 1,200 hundred down, 425 more to go!

American Women Batch 1–Shipping to George Blood, LP

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

The tapes were assessed, re-boxed, cataloged and packed; readied to take the long road trip across America to George Blood, LP in Philadelphia, PA. We hired art movers, US Art, to safely transport our first batch of 425 one-of-a-kind recordings in climate controlled trucks.

Project Director Brian DeShazor and Project Archivist Jolene Beiser, along with Pacifica Radio Archives staff Edgar Toledo, Joe Gallucci, and Mark Torres helped to pack up the tapes in heavy-duty plastic crates, protected from impact with bubble wrap, and with desiccant packs dropped in each box to protect against moisture.

According to George Blood, LP, they arrived safe and sound, and are being prepped for digitization.

Thank you to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the funding to transport and digitize these precious recordings as part of our project American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982.

See more about the project here.

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