The University Archives is celebrating the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage! The United Nations created this day “as a mechanism to raise general awareness of the need for urgent measures to be taken and to acknowledge the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identity.”
This year’s theme is “Archives at Risk: Much more to do.” It’s a fitting theme for the University Archives, which has been working with Preservation Technologies to digitize select obsolete audiovisual media such as 1/4 inch and 2-inch audio reels, Betacam, U-Matic, and other formats (check out this post about a Dutch Mason master recording). We’re also hosting Young Canada Works Intern Dave MacLachlan on an audiovisual archives internship. Dave has been assessing our audiovisual collections for preservation and access, and helping us develop procedures for working with obsolete media.
To celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the Archives is releasing 20 archived episodes of a television program called “University of the Air.” University of the Air was a distance learning initiative started by CTV’s regional television affiliates. Production of University of the Air started in 1966, and continued until 1983. Episodes were produced by university faculty members across the country.
The University of the Air courses were structured into series of five episodes based on a central theme. This collection of videos from Dalhousie comprises four such series: “The Oceans,” “The Structure of Sound,” “20th Century Latin America: Why Revolution,” and “Textiles: Their Development and Effects.”
Dave MacLachlan worked with Joan Chiasson and Archives Student Assistants Laurie Chase and Andrea Kampen to make the videos available online. You can view all the episodes in one playlist on our YouTube channel. The videos are also embedded into the “University of the Air” finding aid in our archives catalogue.
Wondering where to start? Andrea Kampen produced a short trailer for the playlist. Enjoy!