Video Archaeology Project
As part of MidAmeriCon II, Geri Sullivan created the Video Archaeology Project to digitize and thus preserve the tapes in the Scott Imes Video Archive from the original MidAmeriCon, the 1976 Worldcon which he and his team recorded as KMAC.
The tapes were in a variety of formats -- U-matic, reel-to-reel, and VHS, and many of them were copies of earlier-generation tapes. Sometimes the same item exists in all three formats. Geri raised the money to have the archaic formats digitized professionally, since the equipment needed is rare, the tapes were up to forty years old, and some of them have not been unwound in over thirty years. Matt Jacobson, a fan and University of Kansas film studies professor creating videos for MidAmeriCon II volunteered to digitize the VHS tapes.
The initial donation came from Fanac.org with additional money coming from past Worldcons and other organizations:
- Fanac.org -- $500 seed money
- Cansmof -- $3,000 CDN
- BWAWA -- $2,500
- International Costumer's Guild -- direct payment to vendor to digitize Masquerade and Costume footage
The digitized material will be shown at MidAmeriCon II and made generally available online on fanac.org.
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