Author: Cait McKinney

Digitizing Oral Histories on VHS

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Over the last several months we have been working toward expanding the formats we are able to digitize in order to preserve and improve access to oral histories recorded on video tape. Our VHS digitization station is now up and running at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. University of Manitoba Historian David Churchill‘s oral history interviews, conducted with gay men in Toronto in 1991, are the first batch of tapes we are working on. Churchill […]

Building our Racks: “Obsolete” Tech and Digital Archives

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Over the first two years of the Collaboratory project, we have devoted a lot of energy to setting up technical infrastructure for doing digitization here at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, where our work is based. This has meant finding and servicing good used equipment that will play the “obsolete” media formats that make up the collections, like audio cassette and VHS tapes. Any digitization system begins by assembling what’s called a “Rack.” Here’s a […]

Update on Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony

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Collaboratory Partner, The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (ALOT) recently announced the hire of a new archivist to support their Bridging the Gap project. Mary Corbett (MLIS) will be joining ALOT, bringing her skills in archives, community engagement, and digital tools to the project. Principal Investigator Elise Chenier (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) was awarded a major research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for this new project, which explores how digital […]

Lesbians Making History Digital Collection Launch

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The Lesbians Making History (LMH) Digital Collection is now available online through the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives new digital collections site. Streaming audio, full transcripts, and some images have been added to the collection and we will continue to build on this over the coming months. This is the last stage in the Collaboratory’s ongoing work to digitize and make available the Lesbians Making History tapes, an important record of mid-20th century lesbian life in Canada. […]

The Foolscap Project is back in progress!

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blog post by Oli Bedard The LGBTQ Oral History Collaboratory is currently working on archiving and digitizing a newly uncovered collection of oral history interviews that were acquired by Project Investigator Elspeth Brown and have been entrusted to work-study oral history archivist Oli Bédard for processing and digitization. This collection of interviews, conducted throughout the 1980s in Toronto, is entitled “the Foolscap Project,” also referred to in some of the interviews as “the Gay Oral […]

LGBTQ Collaboratory Poster Wins AERI 2015 Audience Award

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Congratulations to Collaboratory member (and new Executive Director of the CLGA!) Rebecka Sheffield, for her award-winning poster on the LGBTQ Collaboratory. Rebecka’s poster was presented at the 2015 Archival Education Research Institute (AERI). Held at the University of Maryland, AERI brought together Archival Studies scholars from all around the world. Rebecka’s poster-an at once gorgeous and concise summary of the Collaboratory’s work-won the audience award, beating out a total of 26 other research posters presented […]

LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory Welcomes Dr. KJ Rawson to CLGA & Toronto

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The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory is gearing up for an exciting visit this coming week (May 25-28) with Collaborator Dr. KJ Rawson, Assistant Professor in the English department at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rawson is developing the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA), a sophisticated website that will bring together trans archival materials from various collections around the world (http://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.org/). Many such materials are currently spread out across research collections and […]

Collaboratory Updates! New Audio Digitization Station and Volunteer Training Workshop, plus Lesbians Making History!

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This month the LGBTQ Collaboratory held our first audio digitization workshop, where potential volunteers were trained on the use of our new audio digitization station. This station allows us to create preservation quality .wav files from cassette tapes as well as noise-reduced, streaming ready versions that will eventually be made available to researchers through the online interface we’re currently developing. Al Stanton-Hagan, Cait McKinney, and Nicholas Matte lead the workshop for an enthusiastic group of […]

January Updates from the Collaboratory

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The Oral History and Digital Archives Collaboratory research project is back at work, meeting regularly on Fridays at the CLGA.  This week Cait McKinney led an excellent workshop on audio digitization for Al, Nick, and Rebecka.  While digitization may seem intimidating to some, it took only a few hours to learn to operate the hardware and software. Cait has developed a wonderful training manual and put together all of the hardware and equipment.  This means […]