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“The project will reinforce the university’s commitment to ensuring that ITC’s resources are preserved, maintained, and available to all who have an interest in Texas’ rich cultures, consistent with the results of the community stakeholder vision process. of ITC 2068,” added Espy.

ITC’s first audio-visual presentation, “Faces and Places of Texas”, debuted at the opening of ITC in 1968.

“Audiovisual media production has been a key part of ITC’s mission since its inception,” said Dean Hendrix, Vice-rector of UTSA and university librarian. “The digital components created during the project will provide a solid foundation for a future phase aimed at providing open online access to digitized files. Online access will allow students, researchers, UTSA faculty, museum staff, and citizens of Texas and around the world to understand and appreciate the history and culture of the diverse communities living and thriving in across Texas, as documented by the ITC.

The project will be led by Special Collections, a division of UTSA Libraries that preserves and provides access to UTSA’s archives, manuscript collections, rare books and photographic archives. The collection of treasured media objects has been carefully compiled by ITC staff over five decades for the education, enlightenment and enjoyment of future generations of Texans.

“The goal of Special Collections has long been to locate all of these films and tapes, catalog them, and digitize those most at risk of being lost forever to obsolescence and format decay,” said declared Amy rushesDeputy Vice-Rector for Special Collections at UTSA and Project Director.

ITC’s audiovisual collection includes audio tapes, U-Matic and Betacam videocassettes, video reels, and 16mm and 35mm motion picture films produced by ITC from 1968 to the 2000s. Due to the size of the collection, significant resources will be needed to process, describe and preserve it. The grant will hire an audio-visual archivist to study the collection and standardize project metadata, as well as an external vendor who will be hired to digitize priority at-risk items in the collection.

The project will also provide practical classroom-to-career experience and training for students. Graduate and Undergraduate Student Assistants in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Digital Initiatives Program led by Seok Kangcommunications teacher, will assist staff in cataloging and relocating the collection.

The content of media items intended for preservation includes a number of culturally significant projects:

  • The original 1968 dome show, which includes motion pictures, open-reel audio tape and transparent slides
  • Videos created for classroom use with instructional guides and travel trunks. Topics included African American cowboys, contemporary Native American communities, the Polish settlement of Panna Maria, social history of World War II in Texas, historic architecture, and various aspects of history and culture by Tejano.
  • Videos that were created to be shown on the exhibition floor for museum visitors. These include a series of interviews with former interns at the Crystal City internment camp and a series of documentary videos capturing the cultural life of Tejano in Texas border communities.
  • Film and video documenting the Texas Folklife Festival
  • “Lifetimes: The Texas Experience”, a series of historical vignettes that aired on several Texas radio stations from 1994 to 2000.

“The project is the perfect example of what can be done through collaboration. Students of Dr. Kang’s digital initiative will gain valuable practical skills and experience, and ITC curators and student interns will be able to use the content in new ways to tell stories and explore cultural intersections,” Rushing said.

“Most importantly, we will preserve and make available to future generations of Texans a unique and priceless audiovisual collection. There is so much potential for what can be done with content.