January 18, 2022

33 Digitized Historic Audio and Video Recordings Added to Online Archive of California and Calisphere

From a California Digital Library Announcement:

CDL is pleased to announce the recent addition of 33 digitized sound and video recordings to the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere, as part of a pilot project to investigate hosting and providing access to A/V media.

These recordings were digitized by the California AudioVisual Preservation Project (CAVPP), which has been rescuing important A/V materials in need of preservation and developing best practices for continued progress in this area. Recordings generally are some of the most at-risk historical materials in archives, because they are threatened by fragile physical condition, obsolescence, and a lack of playback equipment.

The recordings now on OAC and Calisphere span various topics and capture various events, people, and places in California history. They include oral histories and interviews with notable public figures, recorded speeches, marketing videos, and home movies. Some interesting examples include:

Browse the recordings on Calisphere: video | audio

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.