Audiovisual Collection 1955-2012

Baltimore Museum of Art


73.3 Linear ft.
Arranged in eight series. 1. Exhibitions and Installations. 2. Lectures and Events. 3. Education Activities. 4. Promotional Productions. 5. Focus Groups. 6. Oral Histories. 7. Miscellaneous. 8. Docent Training. Through the early 1980s, the BMA's lectures and events were usually recorded on sound tape reels, often with several separate events on each reel. In some cases a tape reel was reused many years later, such as the tape reel for the "What Makes a Good Children's Book?" panel discussion in 1955 that was used again in 1982 for the "Senior Class Day III" performance. So that these events can be understood individually and in chronological order rather than grouped only by their physical container, each is described separately in this finding aid. The description of the first recording on a tape reel includes the item number, title, date, duration, storage location, and extent, while subsequent recordings on that reel include only the item number, title, date, and duration. All of the recordings on a single tape are connected to each other through reference notes. Some of the later sound cassettes and videocassettes also contain multiple recordings and are described in this same way. Recordings such as popular music or news clips that do not relate in any way to the BMA, but that are on a tape reel or other format with relevant recordings, are noted, but not described separately.
The Audiovisual Collection consists of sound and visual recordings related to the Baltimore Museum of Art dating from 1955 to 2012. The content reflects the wide range of museum operations during this period, including marketing and promotion, educational programming, docent training, lectures, exhibitions, and special events. The recordings exist in various formats, including videocassettes, sound cassettes, sound tape reels, filmstrips, film reels, and CDs. The recordings were created by museum staff members, artists, and other organizations such as local, national, and international television and radio stations. They feature contributions from museum staff and curators including Arnold Lehman, Jay Fisher, Brenda Richardson, Katy Rothkopf, Kristen Hileman, William Voss Elder, III, and Sona Johnston, as well as a diverse selection of artists, authors, performers, and scholars including Marcel Duchamp, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Doug Starn and Mike Starn, Eleanor Estes, Leo Steinberg, Beaumont Newhall, Dore Ashton, and Arthur Danto.
Processing Information: Processing was begun by Brittney Baltimore in 2011. Andrew J. Kaplan completed processing of these materials using More Product, Less Process methodology in 2013. Emily Rafferty processed the records in detail and substantially revised the finding aid between 2014 and 2016. Materials have been described as completely as possible. Those that have not been digitized and for which playback equipment is not available were described using information provided by labels or other attached documentation. As more items are digitized, the item descriptions will be updated.
Physical Characteristics / Technical Requirements: The Audiovisual Collection contains items in a variety of formats. These include videocassettes, sound cassettes, sound tape reels, filmstrips, film reels, and CDs. Some of these recordings have been digitized and are available online. Please contact the Library and Archives for information about access to materials that have not been digitized. Due to the fragile nature of some formats and the limited availability of playback equipment, access may be restricted.
Audiovisual Collection, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art.
A portion of the materials have been digitized and are available online: Many other items have been digitized but are not yet available online. Digitized items can be identified by the alphanumeric code preceding the description (i.e. AV_V_039). For information about accessing the items that are not online, please contact the Library and Archives.
Processing generously supported with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
The materials are the physical property of the Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Material in the Audiovisual Collection is closed to outside researchers for 25 years from the date of creation unless otherwise indicated in the Archives Access Policy. For further information, contact the Archives.

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