Provide online access to your historic CA audiovisual recordings for free!

Don’t let this opportunity slip by!
Save our California Light and Sound and share it with the world!

Analog audiovisual recordings – magnetic materials in particular – are threatened by fragile physical condition, format obsolescence and a lack of playback equipment.
Let’s address this serious preservation problem before it is too late.

Thanks to the California State Library, the California Audiovisual Preservation Project
is seeking your historic recordings for digitization!

We will preserve your recordings and provide long-term access at the Internet Archive, all for FREE!   Nominate your recordings by Wednesday, November 30th!

We’ll accept up to 100 nominations. Please keep in mind the project’s selection criteria:

  • statewide and/or local historical significance that contributes to an understanding of the history of California and its people – (ideally) featuring widely known names and events
  • risk of loss due to physical condition and format obsolescence
  • never published commercially– must be primary source material
  • intellectual property in the public domain, held by the owning library, or secured from the rights holder, when possible
  • cataloging metadata provided by the owning archive
  • titles most requested by users

Please submit nominations via our new digital asset management system, Islandora ( If you are a current partner, you should have received an email that your account is now active and it’s time to set your password (if you did not receive such an email please let me know). At this time we are seeking new nominations; please do not edit old records.

A combination of shared effort and an active partnership makes the CAVPP a success! We ask partners to:

  • assess and select significant recordings in-need
  • do due diligence to determine rights status
  • send us approved recordings and metadata
  • after digitization, check image quality and content of access files at the Internet Archive
  • update descriptive metadata in Islandora accordingly

We’d love to continue to grow the CAVPP partnership which is currently made up of 108 California libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies. For those of you new to the CAVPP, please send an email address that you’d like to use for your username to: Then we’ll send further instructions.

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