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AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS

Overview
Collection Development
Collection Highlights
Other Audiovisual Archives at UGA
Access, Use, and Licensing Policies

 

Overview

The Russell Library holds thousands of hours of moving images and sound. Broadcast and commercial recordings, speeches, dictation, home recordings, and oral histories live on a variety of formats, many of them obsolete. Russell Library staff preserve and provide access to these media, creating transfers that will play back on modern equipment and describing audiovisual resources using standardized methods.

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Collection Development

The Russell Library collects audiovisual materials in all formats, supporting the study of politics and public policy in the state of Georgia and the United States. Moving images and audio recordings encompassing these broad topics (including but not limited to political organizations, Civil Rights, agribusiness, road building, education, the development of the two-party system in Georgia, and individuals holding public office) are of great interest. Contact the Russell Library Oral History and Media Archivists, Callie Holmes or Christian Lopez, for more information.

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Collection Highlights

Georgia Giant: A documentary about Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr., created by Hal Suit and produced by WSB-TV in 1970. This three-hour documentary (there is also a 30-minute version) was created from over twenty hours of interviews with Senator Russell. From the WSB-TV, Georgia Giant Documentary Files.

Highlander Folk School Film: Ed Friend's silent, untitled 1957 film of Labor Day weekend activities at Highlander Folk School, made for the Georgia Commission on Education, features Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks, and Pete Seeger. From the Ed Friend Visual Materials.

Operation Ivy: This film of the November 1, 1952 detonation of the first thermonuclear bomb is introduced by Prince H. Preston. From the Prince H. Preston Papers.

Martin Luther King, Sr., "Tell Them" Speech: King addresses a meeting of the SCLC in Macon , July 28, 1962 . He is speaking in place of his son, arrested the day before in Albany . From the Herman E. Talmadge Papers.

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Other Audiovisual Archives at the University of Georgia

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection
The WSB Television News film Collection, 1949-1981, provides an excellent resource for political and social figures and events in Georgia and the southeast during this period.

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Access, Use, Transfer and Licensing Fees

Researchers may access audiovisual materials by requesting video or audio copies for use in the research room. Remote research requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and some materials may be made available through Interlibrary Loan. Because many audiovisual materials are available only in their original formats (i.e. no user copies), some requests may take as long as two weeks to fulfill, so please plan accordingly. If original materials must be sent off-site to be duplicated, the researcher is responsible for transfer costs and turnaround times will be dependent on the transfer lab. Library staff reserve the right to deny access if the condition of original materials is such that copying will cause further damage.

There is no charge for “Fair Use” of audiovisual materials. (see U.S. Copyright Office description of fair use). For many of its audiovisual materials, the Russell Library does not own the intellectual rights. While staff members will assist researchers, to the degree they can, in determining copyright and permissions for purposes falling outside Fair Use, this responsibility ultimately rests with the researcher.

CD or DVD copies of some audiovisual materials for which the Russell Library holds copyright are available, for $30 each, to cover transfer and labor costs. The Russell Library retains all rights to this content, and the CDs and DVDs may be used only for research and study, as outlined under the terms of Fair Use.

Individuals interested in licensing moving images or sound recordings for productions or live presentations should note staff members can provide licensing only for media for which the Russell Library holds copyright. Rights and permissions vary depending on collections. Check below for licensing fee schedule.

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Preview tapes

Preview tapes are dubbed from user copies of the original material. Video copies can be provided on VHS or BetaSP. Audio copies can be provided on compact disc. Staff research time without purchasing a preview tape or licensing material is $25 per hour.

Preview tapes: $100 per program hour, plus tape stock and shipping charges. The cost for preview tapes includes research fees. Minimum charge: $100.

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