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Macalester College (St. Paul, MN 55105-1899)
Ellen Holt-Werle (Project Director: May 2011 to October 2013)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

$5,975 (approved)
$5,975 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

Conservation Assessment and Storage Materials to Preserve Library's Audiovisual Materials

Hiring a preservation consultant to assess 1,000 archival magnetic reel-to-reel audio tapes and 500 acetate films which document historical events and public lectures by notable international figures at the college from the 1950s through the 1980s. A majority of these are commencement addresses, symposia, and other college events, but also included in the collections are recordings of political figures, scholars, scientists, Pulitzer Prize winners, and poets, among them Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Ogden Nash, Eugene McCarthy, Joseph Brodsky, Niels Bohr, Tyrone Guthrie, Robert Frost, and Alex Haley. This proposal is based on an item-by-item assessment of the media collection by consultants who conducted an evaluation of the college's archives in an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant in 2009.

The Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library proposes hiring a consultant for an object-by-object survey of its 1,500 archival audio reels and 8mm and 16mm films. The recordings document Macalester College events from the 1950s through 1980s, such as convocations, commencements, and symposiums, and capture notable political, cultural, and intellectual figures from the United States and internationally. The recordings are unique primary sources of potentially great research value, providing firsthand documentation of distinguished speakers and insight into issues of pressing local, national, and international importance. Consultant Jeff Martin will assess the condition of the collection; establish priorities for treatment, storage, and other preservation needs; and give recommendations regarding digitization, deaccessioning, and next steps. A second component of the project will be to purchase acid-free archival boxes for reels and films in need of rehousing.