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Introducing our new Audiovisual Archivist

November 21, 2022

We are excited to introduce our new audiovisual archivist, Graeme Martin. Graeme was hired for our two year grant-funded project to catalog the Institute of Texan Cultures’ AV collection. The ITC audiovisual collection includes audio tapes, U-Matic and Betacam videocassettes, video reels, and 16mm and 35 mm motion picture films produced by the ITC from 1968 to the 2000s. With grant-funding we’ll also be able to send out 250 of the most at-risk audiovisual items to be digitized. As the grant project progresses we will share updates here on the Top Shelf.

Tell us a bit about your background 

I recently graduated with my MLIS from UCLA with a specialization in media archival studies. I have previously gone to school for and worked as an audio engineer, but have always been interested in film and other older AV formats, so moving into archives/preservation spaces made sense to me.  

What excites you about being the Audiovisual Archivist for this grant project? 

I am excited about helping preserve a piece of Texas’ audiovisual heritage. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge on the variety of AV formats included in the collection and am interested in the unique challenges that this collection may exhibit. I hope that my work with the collection will help facilitate future digitization efforts and use of the materials.   

What’s your favorite thing about working with obsolete audiovisual formats and equipment? 

My favorite thing about working with obsolete audiovisual formats and equipment is the unique challenges and problems solving involved in the work. I am a big proponent of experiencing AV content on its original format, so preserving both the materials and playback equipment is very important to me.  

How are you liking San Antonio so far? 

So far San Antonio has been great. I’ve been able to take my bike out to some local trails which has been awesome. I’m definitely a foodie so being somewhere with a lot of interesting restaurants is great, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of the city.   

Welcome Graeme!

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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