14 Apr, 9 Jun, 11
Aug, 13 Oct, 8 Dec
August 11 speaker will be Nicholas Piontek, Archivist
at the Center for Sacramento History since 2020. He’ll be sharing
information about the Center’s collection of local broadcast tapes
and other memorabilia, and how to prepare yours for eventual donation
to the Center.
Nicholas describes himself as an “Information professional obsessed
with finding a
better way by having a ‘yes before no’ mentality.” Among
his expert duties is
developing procedures for processing, storing and keeping records of documentary
materials, as well as representing the division before various community
potential donors, and individual researchers.
Nick is a recent Master of Science in Information graduate from the University
Michigan School of Information, where he specialized in Archives &
Records Management, and previously earned his Bachelor of Arts in History
from Michigan State University. While attending graduate school, he served
as an elected officer of the student chapter of the Society of American
Archivists, and then served as an elected board member for the Students
and New Archival Professionals roundtable within the Society.
has donated an extensive collection of videotapes from his days as a feature
reporter at KCRA. He wrote an article urging broadcasters to preserve
materials properly while sighting Nicholas as a local archivist, which
stimulated this month’s program. We reproduce Steve’s article
Donating Old Footage To Preserve The Past — by
For those TV and radio folks who find their homes cluttered with boxes
of their “greatest hits” and are looking for a solution to
their domestic overcrowding, the Center for Sacramento History may just
have the solution. The Center houses a large collection of moving images
in film, video, and digital formats. The
largest portion comes from the KCRA-TV Film Collection [rescued by VBL
member Harry Sweet] and the KOVR-TV Film Collection, both of which contain
raw news footage and edited programs dating from the late 1950s. The Center
is equipped to accept most audio, film, and video formats.
Many of those formats are such that you probably wouldn’t be able
to view them anyway, due to not having the suitable equipment. And it
would be a shame for them to end up in a garbage dump someday when they
could be saved for posterity and for use by future media producers as
well as general historic research.
In order to better preserve its film holdings, the Center has recently
completed construction of a cold storage room within its vault. The cold
storage room will allow the Center to preserve its film holdings and buy
valuable time to digitize the film without it decaying.
If you’ve got material that the Center might be interested in, come
to the August 11 meeting and chat with Nick. Or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org