Regional Media Legacies Partnerships with Historical Organizations
The RML project team partners with organizations that manage audiovisual collections of their own, or work with smaller organizations or individuals in need of assistance with their own audiovisual collections. We are also interested in connecting with individuals with media who may not be associated with a specific organization. We will work with partners in three different potential capacities: 1. To assess and document audiovisual preservation needs, 2. As an internship host site, and 3. As a fellowship host site.
RML project activity is subject to the guidelines mandated by New York University. All of our activities are currently being conducted remotely. Current recommendations for the Fall 2020 semester allow us to negotiate onsite visits or work as long as safety protocols are in place to ensure the safety of both our team members and your staff. We would greatly appreciate your time responding to interview questions over the phone about any media items you may have. It will allow us to gather relevant information we need as part of our overall research, and together we may identify possible future projects.
If you are an individual or a part of an organization with an audiovisual collection located in Brooklyn, Queens, or Long Island and are interested in contributing to our research please email RMLproject@nyu.edu. Once we hear from you, an RML team member will reach out to schedule an interview, and provide information on prepping for the meeting. We will also ask that you separately fill out the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation's Collections Care Form.
For more information about the Regional Media Legacies project please email, RMLproject@nyu.edu.
Booklyn - Brooklyn, NY
Booklyn is an artist-run, non-profit 501 (c) (3), consensus-governed, artists and bookmakers organization that supports artists and organizations committed to environmental and social justice. They work towards this by documenting, exhibiting, promoting, and distributing their work within educational institutions worldwide. Booklyn’s co-founder, Marshall Weber, possesses an audiovisual collection of his own which a MIAP graduate student worked on during their Spring 2020 internship.
Brooklyn Historical Society - Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) hosted the first Regional Media Legacies project-funded MIAP intern during the Fall 2019 semester. BHS collects, preserves, and makes accessible one of the most comprehensive collection of materials related to Brooklyn’s history and culture. Under the supervision of Manager of Archives and Special Collections, Maggie Schreiner, a MIAP intern researched and assisted with preparation for a grant application for the preservation of audio-visual material in the Ronald Shiffman collection on the Pratt Center for Community Development, which documents the broad scope of Shiffman's career as a city planner, architect, and expert in community economic development from the 1960s to the present.
Long Island Studies Institute - Hempstead, NY
A cooperative endeavor of Hofstra University and Nassau County, Long Island Studies Institute (LISI) is a major center for the study of Long Island local and regional history, and has unprocessed audiovisual material documenting unique aspects of this history.
In the Fall of 2019, LISI became the first RML Fellow host site. By partnering with LISI, the RML project gained a site to support Fellowship work across the Long Island region. This partnership is intended to establish a great deal of groundwork for LISI’s long-term audiovisual preservation goals, as well as building a network of local cultural organizations with hidden media collections.
LTV Archive - Wainscott, NY
The LTV (Local Television) Archive’s mission has been to offer the public an outlet to broadcast the activities of their communities for over thirty-five years. In that time, LTV has amassed thousands of hours of regional content that is in need of preservation. RML has partnered with LTV to assist them in ensuring that their audiovisual assets will be taken care of properly into the future.
Our second newly appointed Fellow will work to complete a collections assessment report this Fall. The Fellow will utilize the information in the report to assist with furthering foundational preservation work for LTV’s audiovisual assets, and assist the organization in creating long-term workable solutions.
Mineola Historical Society - Mineola, NY
The Mineola Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Mineola, New York. Since 1988, the society has been collecting objects that help tell the story of Mineola. The society possesses an audiovisual collection, mainly of home movies, that show the town throughout the 1930s and into the 1970s.
Sea Cliff Village Museum - Sea Cliff, NY
The Sea Cliff Village Museum (SCVM) strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, documents, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village.
RML Fellow Robert Anen is working to inventory, inspect, and rehouse a film collection of 20-30 reels of 16mm film along with other newly unearthed audiovisual material. Some of the films are dated 1925, and could possibly be some of the oldest home movies on Long Island.
Featured in the collection are two different families. The home movies in the collection that date from 1925 to 1930 depict the Willett family of Roslyn whose home is now the Shibley Day Camp. The second collection of home movies found at the SCVM are the home movies of Bert Scholes of Sea Cliff. The films (1945-1958) depict his life with his longtime girlfriend, Rose Tuboni whom Scholes later left his house to when he died in 1974.
Weeksville Heritage Center - Brooklyn, NY
Weeksville Heritage Center is the steward of a 19th century African American historic site located in Brooklyn. In addition to three historic houses with period furnishings interpreted for the general public, the Weeksville Heritage Center’s collections include oral histories, unprocessed institutional records, archaeological artifacts, objects chosen for interpretive purposes, family papers of Weeksville descendents, and research files that compile primary source materials that document historic Weeksville and other free Black communities. In Spring 2020, a MIAP intern focused on surveying, documenting, and assessing legacy audiovisual formats and previously digitized materials in Weeksville’s processed and unprocessed collections.