Throughout this week, we have explored many facets of preservation in the archives.
From considering the importance of TIME in the deteriorated photographs of Chester Rice from our Clara E. Sipprell Papers and the collected and digitized WSYR recordings of over 50 years of local history,
To recognizing the work of the photojournalist, Margaret Bourke-White, and acknowledging the RISK inherent in failing to preserve and digitize her photographs, negatives, and recordings,
To understanding that every item that is considered for preservation or digitization is a result of making a JUDGEMENT call, with special attention paid to the Pope Leo XIII cylinder recording,
And to realizing that there are UNKNOWN qualities to discover in any recording or object we are able to restore, as was found in the E. Thomas Billard cassette tape recordings.
Today, we turn to a final consideration in the preservation process: VALUE.
How do we define “value” in the archives? Culturally and historically significant materials may have a value assigned or ascribed to them. Sentimentality or nostalgia can also determine the value of an object, particularly for individuals or members of a community.
The photographs, films, and documentation that make up SCRC’s University Archives holdings are a key method by which staff, faculty, students, alumni, and the broader SU community can situate themselves in a certain time and place on campus, or in a historical moment of founding or protest, understanding or growth.
And textiles and memorabilia, everything from pennants and beanies to football jerseys, provide a tangible connection to the past. Maintaining the integrity of the artifacts we value through preservation extends the longevity of these materials, and increases connections to our shared history.
Below, SCRC Director Petrina Jackson, speaks on the importance of preservation in the archives.
This post features videos from our Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection (Syracuse University Audiovisual Collection, University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries) and images from our Syracuse University Photograph Collection (Syracuse University Photograph Collection, University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries), Syracuse University Memorabilia Collection (Syracuse University Memorabilia Collection, University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries), Ernie Davis Collection (Ernie Davis Collection, University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries), Edna Ruth Howe Papers (Edna Ruth Howe Papers, University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries) part of the Special Collections Research Center’s University Archives collections.