The Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive (MARMIA) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation and access of the U.S. Mid-Atlantic’s moving images and recorded sounds. We define the Mid-Atlantic region as including Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (following the model set by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference).
MARMIA offers the following:
- discounted audiovisual archiving services to organizations and individuals holding unique moving images and recorded sounds in the Mid-Atlantic;
- a collecting repository of unique moving images and recorded sounds in the Mid-Atlantic, documenting people and/or places from the Mid-Atlantic, or media that is made by a Mid-Atlantic resident;
- an access provider of this rare media through reformatting, exhibition, and educational programs to the general public and researchers;
- and lastly, promoter of motion picture film production and exhibition in the Mid-Atlantic region.
MARMIA focuses on collecting records of marginalized individuals and communities within the Mid-Atlantic, as well as marginalized audiovisual technologies and genres. MARMIA does not want to practice competitive collecting, but instead collect what is typically omitted from the region’s institutional archives.
There is a great need for affordable audiovisual archival services in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. There are numerous collecting institutions in the region that have moving images and recorded sounds that are rapidly deteriorating, yet are without the resources to hire a specialist as staff or on a contractual basis. Because of this lack of expertise, many important and unique AV materials are specifically not acquired by collecting institutions.
This leaves a large amount of AV materials remaining with the content creators themselves, their family, or private collectors—who typically have even less resources and/or a lack of an educational mission to preserve and make these historical documents and artistic works readily accessible. These AV materials have a limited lifespan that is quickly approaching its end.
MARMIA is here to help before the majority of the Mid-Atlantic’s audiovisual heritage is lost forever.