New digital media archive of La. history now available

    Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office are unveiling a new digital media archives this morning that contains more than 1,500 indexed video clips from Louisiana history dating back to the early 1950s.

    The Louisiana Digital Media Archives includes clips from the collections of LPB and the State Archives, which are maintained by the Secretary of State’s office, as well as from local TV stations around the state. Among the videos are interviews with notable civil rights leaders, elected officials, literary icons and sports stars, as well as footage from natural disasters.

    The LDMA Initiative began in 2005, when LPB commissioned a report on the condition of Louisiana’s deteriorating recorded media collections. The findings of that report led to a dedicated effort to work with other media collections to preserve and provide access to the wealth of existing media in the state. In 2010, LPB and the State Archives received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to design the LDMA as a cooperative digital media archive.

    “We’ve had our own archives and certainly LPB has had its archive,” says Meg Caspar, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office. “But this was an opportunity for us to get together and merge our resources, more than anything … so the public and the media can go to one place to get their historic footage.”

    Over the years, more video clips will be added to the collection. Some videos will even be available for downloading. Check out the Louisiana Digital Media Archives. —Stephanie Riegel

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