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She is taking inventory of the collection and prioritizing items that need to be digitized soon before they’re lost forever.
It has received some grants to digitize a portion of those.about 20 states have no local television news collections in public archives.”Walter Forsberg, an archivist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, is a vocal advocate for digitizing the materials before they decompose.“When playback becomes no longer possible for these ...formats, the important histories they contain will vanish,” he said.Somewhere in these reels, Ella Fitzgerald enthuses over her creative partnership with Baltimore band leader Chick Webb.Hundreds of hours of tape show a young Oprah Winfrey finding her television feet as a local news anchor.
But officials realized they lacked the resources to properly store and digitize the WJZ collection as well, library dean Lucy Holman said."It was literally going to take millions of dollars," Holman said."We didn’t feel like we were the best steward" for the collection, she said.