Dive into clips from the 2020 Smithsonian #ArchivesAVTakeover.

Rewinding American Archives Month: #ArchivesAVTakeover

This American Archives Month, we teamed up with archivists and conservators around the Smithsonian for five Instagram takeovers to highlight the breadth of the Institution's audiovisual collections. 

In 2019, Archives preservation coordinator Alison Reppert Gerber and digital media coordinator Kira Sobers completed a preservation readiness assessment and concluded that at the current rate of preservation, 188,890 audiovisual collection items around the Smithsonian will be unpreserved and face total loss by 2034. We have no light-hearted jokes in our pockets for this one. The potential risks are scary. Fortunately, there are some pretty talented staff across the Institution who are working to digitize and make accessible these recordings. 

This American Archives Month, we teamed up with archivists and conservators around the Smithsonian to highlight the breadth of the Institution's AV collections. Five participants, listed below, took over our Instagram feed for the day to share about their work, discuss the collections, and update our audiences on what they've been up to during the Smithsonian's period of extended telework.

The AV Experts:

Though we're in a constant state of doin' it for the 'Gram, we recognize that not all of our audiences might be all-consumed by social media, so we're reposting the takeovers below. Here's a tip for Instagram beginniners: click the arrow to the right of each post to view all of the clips and images. 

So with that, slather some butter on that popcorn, kick up your feet, and get ready for some fascinating glimpses into the Smithsonian's audiovisual collections and the staff who work on them. 

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Human Studies Film Archives at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery

Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage 

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