LMU Joins Forces with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project

We’re pleased to announce LMU’s partnership with the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). The CAVPP provides funds for digitization and establishes low-cost and practical standards to help California libraries, archives, and museums move from the analog age to the digital age. In addition, the CAVPP stores digital files for long-term preservation. Thanks to this partnership, twenty-two items from our KCET-TV Collection of “Life and Times” video recordings (CSLA-37) have been digitized and made freely available in the California Light and Sound Collection on the Internet Archive.

The CAVPP has helped LMU preserve “Life and Times” episodes from the 1990s that cover the Los Angeles riots and the Northridge earthquake as well as documentaries that profile, for example, gay rights activists, mariachis, and individuals with disabilities living in Southern California. Below is one such digitized episode that originally aired on April 30, 1992 – a day after the Los Angeles riots erupted. Patt Morrison and Rubén Martínez host the program with special guests including Darryl Strawberry and Edward James Olmos.

[Day After the L.A. Riots (B-12134-6)], Series 1: 1992, Box 9, KCET-TV Collection of “Life and Times” video recordings, CSLA-37, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Nine more recordings from LMU will be digitized and added to the Internet Archive in the coming months, and we look forward to further collaboration. Funding for the CAVPP was received from the California State Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.