We are extremely pleased to announce that MARMIA has been selected to receive a Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Amplifying Unheard Voices grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)!

Our three-year project, Broadcasting Baltimore: Digitizing Hidden Histories in the WJZ-TV Collection will fund an Audiovisual Archivist position for in-house digitization of 1,000 hours of unique audiovisual content from MARMIA’s WJZ-TV Collection. The collection contains analog video tapes created by local Baltimore, Maryland television station WJZ-TV. The 1,000 hours selected for digitization will contain previously hidden stories documenting the voices of underrepresented communities in Baltimore City from 1977-2000. This includes footage from the series “City Line”, a public affairs television program produced by a majority Black cast and crew that aired from 1982 to 1989, with topics centered around Baltimore City’s Black community. Other potential histories to be represented in the project would be the Lumbee Tribe, Asian Americans, immigrant populations, the LGBTQI community fight for equal rights, among many others. Digitized materials will be made accessible via the Digital Public Library of America, Internet Archive, and Aviary.

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