Hallwalls Digital Archives Project
In 2003, with support from the Experimental Television Center's Technical Assistance Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, I was hired by Hallwalls to catalog its video collection using a then newly developed database template designed by Independent Moving Arts Preservation. Today, as Hallwalls archivist and in conjunction with the Poetry Collection at the University at Buffalo Libraries, I am working on the organization, cataloging, and digitiziation of over nearly 25,000 audio, video, photographic and paper-based records.
Screen grab of Hallwalls A/V Catalog
Hallwalls Archives Project, 2003-2016.
Desinged by Bill Sack
After I became Media Arts Director in 2006, I cordinated its first digital archives project in collaboration with Bill Sack, Hallwalls Technical Director. The on-going initiative has seen the development of: a searchable event database that spans our multi-disciplinary arts center's 40 year history of events and exhibitions; an artist index that includes the names of over 8,000 individuals and collectives whose works have been presented at Hallwalls; an on-line repository of fully searchable PDFs representing thousands of pages of scanned text. We have digitized and made fully accessible Hallwalls print media, including thousands of event fliers, catalogs, and calendars, and we are in the proces of uploading digitized photos to our events page.