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Audiovisual research collections
In the 20th century, thousands of recordings were made during academic field work, of dance, rituals, language, music and song, poetry and stories. In addition, numerous interviews and documentaries were produced in research projects.

Some of this material is now held by archives, but often it is kept in academic departments –or even by individual researchers – as little known ‘hidden collections’: minimally documented, haphazardly stored under suboptimal conditions, and at serious risk of being lost altogether.

These materials reflect cultural and linguistic diversity, especially as much of what they document has by now disappeared. They are primary sources for oral history studies, and provide insight into the concerns and methodology of researchers at the time. Therefore they should be kept accessible for future research projects.

"Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
with which one must look and listen,
record in astonishment and wonder
that which one would not have been able to guess."
Margaret Mead
  Related links  
- International Council for Traditional Music
- International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
- COLLATE project- Collaboratory for Annotation, Indexing and Retrieval of Digitized Historical Archive Material
- International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA)
- Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)
- International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)


A working group in TAPE will locate collections of this type and study the particular requirements for access and re-use, focusing on the potential of digitization for creating distributed content-based archives.