SAA@CUA Tour of LOC Packard Campus

Posted: October 18, 2019 by saacua in News

On Monday, October 14, 2019 the Catholic University of America’s student chapter of the Society of American Archivists, led by its President Morgan McKeon and Faculty Advisor Jane Zhang, attended the Library of Congress Packard Campus’s annual open house in Culpepper, Virginia. While at the open house, attendees were given a guided tour of the Library of Congress’ Recorded Sound and Moving Image collections by a staff member. In addition to housing the collections, the facility operates film, audio and video preservation laboratories. For this year’s open house, the focus was on color. From viewing negatives of unused footage from the Technicolor film, The Wizard of Oz (1939) in the Nitrate Film vaults to the use of color in the silent film era, the tour provided a unique look into the world of color in the Packard Campus collection.

Attendees were afforded the unique opportunity to enter the film lab where staff uses photochemical and digital preservation for moving image materials. The audio lab presented their 11 studios and IRENE – a system developed for broken records that cannot be transferred in a traditional manner. In the video lab visitors were able to observe how staff preserve and restore video tape. The tour concluded in the recorded sound vault. With over 4 million physical items and 125 years of recorded history, the recorded sound vault is the largest audio archive in the United States. SAA@CUA thank DLIS alumna Isabelle Murphy for her assistance in facilitating this event.

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