NHPRC / National Archives: “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982”

American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 is a collection of 2,024 recordings from all five Pacifica Radio sister stations - KPFA-FM Berkeley, KPFK-FM Los Angeles, WBAI-FM New York City, KPFT-FM Houston, and WPFW-Washington, D.C. - highlighting both Pacifica's contributions to the women's movement as well as women's unique contributions to Pacifica Radio programming from 1963-1982. The American Women preservation and digitization project began in the fall of 2013 and was completed in the spring of 2016 by Pacifica Radio Archives staff, thanks to a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

George Blood Audio/Video/Film is proud to have been involved in the digitization of the materials from the American Women Making History and Culture collection. The content is both engaging and enlightening, Click here to see and hear for yourself!

Columbia University Libraries Announces the IFP Research Awards

Columbia University Libraries has announced a research awards program in support of the soon to be opened Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) Archive. A total of six awards will be made to scholars, philanthropic administrators, and other researchers whose work either focuses on the IFP program specifically or on issues of social justice, higher education and community building generally, and who are able to demonstrate that their work will benefit from sustained immersion in the extensive archive of the IFP program.

We at George Blood are proud to have a hand in the migration and preservation of the Ford IFP digital archive. So far, we have worked on migrating a number of born digital a/v materials, all of which document that work and education of former IFP fellows across the globe. Click here for more information about the IFP Research Awards.

The Park Avenue Synagogue Archives Website Has Launched

Since 2013, George Blood has been working with Park Avenue Synagogue to digitize their audio archives. These archives consist of open reel audio recordings of nearly every sermon, musical service, and special event from 1954 to 2004! At George Blood we have meticulously digitized the reels, making sure that the pitch of the musical performances is dead-accurate, which is no small feat. Visit the Synagogue's archive here to listen to some of these fabulous recordings!

Watch The Swiss Family Robinson: Flone of the Mysterious Island on Amazon Prime

We recently transferred 1" Type C tapes containing the entire series of the animated series The Swiss Family Robinson: Flone of the Mysterious Island. The Tapes were part of Mark Tuttle's tape collection, and are now available for free streaming to Amazon Prime subscribers. Check it out here!

139th AES Convention in NYC

George at the Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 2015) with our long term suppliers Drew McEachin, Studio Consultants and Frank Oglethorpe, PrismSound. George gave a paper in the Archiving & Restoration track on our studies of how accurately (or not!) bits leaving an analog-to-digital converter are written to sound files.

First Recording Of MLK's Iconic 'I Have A Dream' Discovered and Digitized

George Blood is proud to have been involved in the digitization of a recording of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' Speech. While the most famous version of this speech was given in Washington, D.C. in August of 1963, it was also given eight months earlier in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The recording was uncovered by W. Jason Miller, a Professor of English at North Carolina State University. Miller brought the recording to us to have it digitized, giving us a wonderful opportunity to be a part of the preservation of our nations audio heritage.

WUNC has posted a link to the recording, along with more information about the speech here. Go and give it a listen!

George surveys the Free Library of Philadelphia Fleisher Collection, the largest circulating collection of orchestra music in the world

The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music is the largest lending library of orchestral performance material in the world. Founded in 1909, the collection comprised just over 3300 works when donated to the Free Library in 1929. The collection now houses over 22,000 titles and continues to grow.

It houses virtually the entire standard repertoire, and is also known for its many rare and out-of-print works available for lending around the world. It is a unique source of 19th- and 20th-century Pan American music, and has a longstanding commitment to promoting new, noteworthy, and overlooked works.

NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage

The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to present “NEH and the Preservation and Access of Audiovisual Cultural Heritage,” an online video by Program Officers Joshua Sternfeld and Jesse Johnston, available here

The three-part video—which you may watch in full or in separate parts (links below)--covers NEH’s ongoing commitment to preserve audiovisual cultural heritage. Part I provides an argument for the significance of a/v collections as an essential media for understanding the history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Part II summarizes the full range of grant programming for a/v collections provided by NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access that covers areas in research and development, education and training, assessment for smaller institutions, reformatting, cataloging, and stabilization through sustainable preventive conservation. Finally, Part III describes NEH’s strategic planning to address the current crisis in a/v preservation and access.

PARS Forum: Preservation Statistics

The Preservation Statistics Survey is a project going on right now to document and analyze the preservation activities of cultural heritage institutions across the United States, and they need YOUR help in order to make this project a success!

Do your part to help The Preservation Statistics Survey record

The fiscal year 2014 Preservation Statistics Survey is now open through February 27, 2015. This is a chance to contribute and share the preservation activities at your library. The survey and more information about the survey project can be found at

Please help our community communicate the value of preservation activities by spending a few minutes to fill out the survey, and pass it along to a colleague.

You can contact Annie Peterson (Tulane University), Holly Robertson (Preservation Consultant) and Nick Szydlowski (Boston College Law Library) at

Preserving Write-Once DVDs

Producing Disc Images, Extracting Content, and Addressing Flaws and Errors

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) has published a report on Preserving DVD-Video discs, written by our very own IT Systems Administrator Morgan O Morel! The paper is available here, as well as through the FADGI Website

The paper describes multiple methods for preserving the content on DVD-Video discs, as well as extracting the video content from these discs. There are details of error corrections, and methods for retrieving the data from damaged discs. The paper also describes possible methods of automation and reviews overviews of software available for doing the data ripping and video extraction.


The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program is generously funded by The Recording Academy®. To date, the Program has awarded over $6 million to more than 300 noteworthy projects.

The Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. In 2008 the Grant Program expanded its categories to include planning (assistance) grants for individuals and small to mid-sized organizations to assist collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations.

A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2014 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, please visit The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.
The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

For more information on the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit

50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

The tragic events that occurred on November 22nd, 1963 will forever live on in the memory of Americans.

We at George Blood Audio/Video/Film are proud to present our contribution to the cultural record of this truly historic day. The following audio clip documents Erich Leinsdorf, conductor of the Boston Symphony, announcing to the audience the news of President Kennedy's assassination. He then announces that in lieu of the regular program, the symphony will perform the Funeral March from Beethoven's Third Symphony. The original open reel recording was digitized and processed with the utmost care in our studio.

This recording truly documents the emotional charge and gravity of one of the most memorable moments in American history. You can read more about the recording on Time Magazine's website

Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th Anniversary

The Pennsylvania Ballet hosted a free performance on Sunday, October 20th to thank the city of Philadelphia for 50 years of support.

George Blood was honored to be asked to participate in taping of the performance for broadcast. As the Audio Producer, George was given a chance to work with a Studer Vista 8 Audio Console (pictured below) from the inside of a 60' Mobile Production Unit, which was stocked with all top-of-the-line audio-visual equipment.

As always, the ballet put on a tremendous performance, showcasing both historic pieces from the company's past as well as current pieces. The production was broadcasted on PBS so that viewers nationally could experience the show.


Image courtesy of Pacifica Radio Archives

Image courtesy of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Image courtesy of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organits

Image from Public Domain

Annie Peterson. Image courtesy of

Image courtesy of the Mary Ferrell Foundation