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Friends of Arthur Hall return to the old center, September 23, 2018.

2018 Annual Report
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A summary of 2018 highlights:

  • The ten-year process (2008-2018) of creating digital Preservation Masters for the
    moving images in the Arthur Hall Collection is largely complete. Digital Preservation
    Masters are large, uncompressed files from which we make Mezzanine Files, which are
    smaller and more easily edited and reproduced. Preservation Masters are designed for
    long-term, "dark" storage and are to be accessed only in the event of extraordinary
    loss of the working Mezzanine copies.


    Gemma Perretta Scott identifying films from the Arthur Hall Collection

  • Thanks to the good work of Gemma Perretta Scott, the moving images in the collection
    have a good database that reflects the existing films and videos and their various
    digital iterations. The database gets very complex very quickly, and we are lucky to
    have a trained archivist as talented as Gemma is to keep things current.


    Joe Gardner at Northeast Historic Film

  • The Preservation Masters are stored on duplicate, geographically remote sets of LTO
    tapes (LTO = Linear Tape Open). So far, we have twelve complete LTO tapes, each
    containing terabytes of data, and are working on the two LTO #13s. This technology is
    managed by Joe Gardner of Northeast Historic Film (NHF) in Bucksport, Maine. The "A"
    set is in deep storage in the climate-controlled vaults of NHF, and #1 through #12 of
    the "B" set are in a PNC Bank safe deposit box in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.





  • Germaine Ingram purchased full-size reproductions of posters from the collection for
    display at the Village of the Arts, including Freedom Now Suite (Max Roach and Abbey
    Lincoln), Mongo Santamaria, African Sketches (Sydney King Dance Theatre), Spring
    Equinox
    (Black Star on Red Stool) with Pa Kow Mensah, and Jimmy Scott. We also sent reduced
    reproductions of these posters to friends and alumni.





  • For our trip to Philadelphia, we made a full-size reproduction for Ione Nash of her
    early Fountain of Youth poster. We also gave Betty Alridge a City Called Heaven poster,
    Nana Korantema received an Orpheus poster, and Skip Burton
    received a Eulogy for John Coltrane poster.


    The Bread and Puppet Theater travelled from Belfast, Maine, to Philadelphia
    while we were doing the same thing, and they arrived just before us.


  • The dedication of the Arthur Hall, Obatala, Barbara Bullock mural on September 23,
    2018, was a great success. Many old friends, good food, and good music. Daryl Kwasi
    Burgee gave a moving address. We gave him a banner from the Bread and Puppet Theater
    with the drummer reproduced above, but it said "Listen" instead of "Wake Up,"
    and the colors were better.


    James Corry, Barbara Bullock, Curtis Brown, et al. listen to Kwasi Burgee's address, September 23, 2018.

    I took many photographs during the dedication and returned a few days later to photograph
    the mural and the center in the sunshine. I shall be able to match some of these
    photos with the same locations some 35 years ago.







    It was good to see Arthur's historic marker back in place.

  • On Monday, September 24, Patrice Janssen, Betty Alridge, and I had a good meeting with
    Margery Sly, director of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in the Paley
    Library at Temple University. We hope to agree to a plan to move the Arthur Hall
    Collection to Philadelphia during the summer of 2019, in time for the official
    dedication of the magnificent new library a year from now. Perhaps then there will be
    dancing and drumming to augment the celebration.







  • There is much work to be done before then. The films and videos are now well ordered,
    but other aspects of the collection, including audio recordings, photographs, scrapbooks,
    and so on, are in a bit of a mess. Betty Alridge plans to come to Maine this winter to
    help get things in order. We hope to give the collection to the SCRC with a "Creative
    Commons" license that requires full attribution and prohibits commercial use. Patrice
    took notes during our meeting, and Aviva hopes to find lawyers-for-the-arts to review
    the anticipated back-and-forth with Temple's legal counsel regarding terms of our gift.

    Once the collection is housed in the new library, the "full attribtion" would read:

    From the
    ARTHUR HALL COLLECTION
    SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH CENTER
    TEMPLE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES


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