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February 28, 2017

Fourth Annual AV Archives Night Spotlights Social Justice


AV Archives Night has become an evening of entertainment and awareness each year at the Society of American Archivists’ Annual Meeting. This year—our fourth—AVPreserve will again co-sponsor the evening with the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

The 2017 theme is social justice, with a special focus on civil rights and immigrant stories. Oral histories, news footage, music, and just about any other kind of audiovisual content will be accepted, but submissions supporting our goals will be prioritized to:

a) spotlight social justice, and

b) celebrate recently digitized or acquired audio and visual collections with a local or regional focus made available by the hardworking archivists in the regions near the conference. We would love to see representation from collections in the western and northwestern US, especially, but all submissions will be considered.

AV Archives Night is scheduled for Thursday, July 27. It will take place at the Mission Theater and Brew Pub at 1624 N.W. Glisan in Portland.

The schedule of events for the evening includes:

  • Annual AV Archives Night Screening, with over 14 submissions from archives across the US
  • T-Kay | Archivist, DJ | | @tttkay
  • Glass Plate Zero | the one-and-only all-Archivist [email protected], @rorasaurus, Heather Fox, & Gino Pasi
  • Coast2c (Gran Ritmos | Blankstairs) | Special Guest, honorary Archivist | | @coast2c

You can read more about the event and see food and drink menus at the Mission Theater’s site.

Oral History Interview with Mao Her. Center for Hmong Studies Oral History Project. Minnesota Digital Library.

Oral History Interview with Mao Her. Center for Hmong Studies Oral History Project. Minnesota Digital Library.

The deadline for submission is June 16.

Here are some things to consider as you are selecting your entry:


Submissions must be available in a digital format that is suitable for projection or playback over a sound system. Both digitized or born-digital content is accepted. A low resolution version is sufficient for submission in order to review and plan the programming, but plan to send us a high-res version for the night of the screening.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the social atmosphere of the gathering, video content is usually better received than purely audio content.


Single submissions should be a maximum of about three minutes. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but the total running time should be a maximum of about seven minutes per institution.


Submissions must include the following details:

• Your name
• The name of your institution as it should be printed in the program
• The title of each piece
• The creator(s)
• The year of creation/copyright/publication of each piece
• The original format(s)
• A short description of each piece (1 to 2 sentence max.)


The event will be free and open to the public. The contributing archive must have the rights to present the material and is responsible for confirming those rights. AVPreserve will delete or return all copies of materials provided following the event per the request of the contributing archive. AVPreserve will claim no rights or ownership over any material or use it for any purposes outside of projection at this one time event.

Contact us!

Submissions and questions can be directed to Amy Rudersdorf at [email protected] or tweet to @avpreserve.