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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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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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American Women Batch 1–Tape Condition Assessments

by Jolene Beiser, Project Archivist

This project is really happening! This month we worked furiously on assessing the condition of our first batch of tapes to be digitized. This group includes 425 1/4 inch reel-to-reel recordings broadcast on KPFA-Berkeley, CA and WBAI-New York, NY between 1963 and 1982 related to women and the American Women’s movement. With 5 assessors–Project Director, Brian DeShazor; Project Coordinator, Adi Gevins, and Pacifica Radio Archives staff Mark Torres, Edgar Toledo and Joe Gallucci doing 20 assessments and re-housing (as needed) per day, we finished in 4 days! Project Archivist Jolene Beiser kept busy scanning the box labels and keeping the assessment machine running.

Along the way we found some tapes that really needed help–many had become un-wound or the tape pack had slipped making transfer to a new box very tricky. Several had to be put on our Pacifica tape machines to be re-wound before boxing and shipping. We also found many gems, hand-written notes to producers and broadcasters about sensitive language, comments about the programs, and sometimes comments about the station and listeners! About two-thirds of the tapes required re-housing in new boxes. All of the box labels were scanned and the images will appear in the recording records at Pacificaradioarchives.org.

We’re so grateful to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission for the funding to re-house and re-format these tapes through digitization at at George Blood, LP in Philadelphia, PA. You can tell these tapes really needed help!

See more about the project at: http://womenmakinghistory.org/american-women-making-history-and-culture-1963-1982.

 

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