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Library and Archives Canada Audiovisual Migration Strategy

September, 2009

10. Appendix

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10.1 Audiovisual Collection Content Summary by Format

The following table presents an overview of the main audio and video formats that have been acquired by Library and Archives Canada. This summary provides a count by format as well as some highlights of the significant holdings representing both the archival and published areas of the collection.

Media Format No. of Archival Recordings Content Descriptions
of Archival Collection
No. of Published Recordings Content Descriptions
of Published Heritage
Total no. of Recordings
Audio Wire 29
  • Prayers and ceremonies recorded in a Montreal synagogue
  • Speeches and talks by Jean-Berchmans Michaud
0   29
Audio Dictation
(various)
54
  • Election campaign talks from the Liberal Party of Canada
  • 1961 conference entitled The Artist in a National Community
  • Telephone conservations between diplomat Arnold Cantwell Smith and diplomats from other countries
0   54
Audio Piano rolls 0   222
  • Music in a variety of genres
222
Audio 8 track 18
  • Mohawk prayer recorded at the time of the Oka Crisis
2,367
  • Published recordings of music of all genres released by major record labels, small independent labels, individual musicians from the 1960s-mid 1980s
2,385
Audio Reel to reel
(various)
61,437
  • Peter Stursberg oral history interviews
  • Opportunities for Youth/Great War in Canadian Society interviews from 1974 with people about their memories of life in WWI
  • Carleton University Institute For Canadian Studies oral history interviews with Canadian Broadcasters
  • Speeches and interviews with Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1969-mid 1970s
  • Radio Canada International Broadcasts
  • Randy Bachman, Oscar Peterson and Paul Bley recordings
1,230
  • Opera
  • Spoken word
62,667
Audio Cassette
(various)
32,984
  • Single most comprehensive record of unedited speeches and interviews of the Prime Ministers from 1968-2003
  • Oral history interviews of CBC staff
  • Interviews done in Inuktitut and other languages for the Inuit Land Use and Occupancy Project
  • Oral history interviews of war veterans for Royal Canadian Legion
  • Interviews of Supreme court judges
28,861
  • Published recordings of music of all genres released by major record labels, small independent labels, individual musicians
  • Spoken word
61,845
Audio Digital Audio Tape
(various)
1,744
  • CBC and Radio-Canada radio concerts and documentary series produced for the networks
  • Jim Vallance, Ben Mink, Dan Hill and Raffi fonds
0   1,744
Audio Digital Audio Stationary Head (various) 509
  • Duke Street Records
0   509
Audio Disc (various) 69,117
  • CBC/SRC programs from 30s-60s are the single most comprehensive collection of Canadian radio for that period
  • Radio Canada recordings from 1945-1980 in various languages
  • Glenn Gould and Raoul Jobin recordings
142,892
  • Published recordings of music of all genres released by major record labels, small independent labels, individual musicians
  • Spoken word recordings
212,009
Audio Mini disc 40
  • Interviews recorded by CBC Radio producer Bob Carty for use in CBC Radio network documentaries
0   40
Audio CD (various) 702
  • Jean Chretien and Paul Martin speeches and interviews recorded by the Privy Council Office
62,492
  • Published recordings of music of all genres released by major record labels, small independent labels, individual musicians
63,194
Video 2" Quad 7,255
  • CBC
  • SRC
  • Episodes of TVA's program Les Moineau et les Pinson
  • CTV
  • Columbia Picture Television
  • Programs produced by Pierre Berton's production company, My Country Productions
  • 1976 Olympics
0   7,255
Video 2" Helical 4,223 Unique copies of:
  • CBC
  • SRC
  • CTV
  • Global
0   4,223
Video ½" EIAJ 1,072
  • Interviews by Joan Murray with Canadian artists
  • Recordings of ballets from Toronto Dance Theatre
  • Art videos from Art Metropole
  • Videos from the Marshall McLuhan fonds
  • Videos funded by the Canada Council
0   1,072
Video D1 14
  • Video copy of feature film The Undertakers Weeding
  • Television programs in the series Femme, une historie inédite
0   14
Video D2 2,155 Unique copies of:
  • CBC
  • SRC
  • CTV
  • TVA
0   2,155
Video Betamax 1,792
  • Public hearings of the Beaufort Environmental Assessment Review Panel in 1983
  • Videotaped proceeding of National Research Council lecture series, "Physical Sciences in the '80s
0   1,792
Video Optical disc 6
  • Masters for the Beyond the Printed Word exhibition
392
  • Feature films
  • Television programs
  • Documentaries
  • Educational/training videos
398
Video 1" Reel
(various)
11,360 Unique copies of:
  • CBC
  • SRC
  • CTV
  • TVA
  • Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
  • Government of Canada productions used to promote and communicate policies and programs
0   11,360
Video ¾" U-Matic
(various)
45,768
  • House of Commons daily proceedings from 1977-mid 1990s
  • Proceedings of Royal Commissions and Public Inquiries
  • Productions by the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
  • Productions funded by the Canada Council
  • News conferences held at the National Press Theatre in the 1990s
0   45,768
Video HI8 (various) 134
  • Footage related to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
  • Ben Mink fonds
0   134
Video Betacam (various) 18,818
  • Productions funded by Telefilm
  • Productions funded by the Canadian Television Fund
  • Unique copies of CBC Newsworld
  • Unique copies of TVA news stories from 1982-1989
  • Canadian Public Affairs Channel programming in French and English
  • CBC coverage of events at Expo 86
  • Brian Mulroney non-broadcast footage
  • Interviews with John Turner
0   18,818
Video DVCAM 20
  • Matt Zimbel fonds
  • Raffi fonds
0   20
Video VHS 17,535
  • Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry (ex Somalia)
  • National Press Theatre Conferences late 90s-2006
  • Oral history interviews of veterans for the Royal Canadian Legion
  • Recordings of National Arts Centre performances
  • CBC Newsworld
  • First five years of TQS
  • TV-5
9,189 Legal deposit of:
  • Feature films
  • Television programs
  • Documentaries
  • Educational/training videos
  • Music videos
26,724
Video Mini DV 13
  • Oral history interviews with former CBC presidents
0   13
Video HDCAM 4
  • Master videos of recent Canadian fiction short films
0   4
Video DVD (various) 486
  • Productions funded by the Canadian Television Fund
  • Productions funded by Telefilm
  • Jean Chretien and Paul Martin speeches and interviews recorded by the Privy Council Office
4,135
  • Feature films
  • Television programs
  • Documentaries
  • Educational/training videos
  • Karaoke
  • Music videos
4,621

NOTE:

  • Audio signals can be recorded on to carriers that were designed to carry video signals (for example, VHS, Betacam, HI8). Any audio material recorded on a traditional video carrier has been counted as a video recording for the purpose of this migration strategy.
  • Not included in this count are approximately 9,000 multimedia kits. Multimedia kits consist of two or more physical parts in different formats. Cataloguing conventions in Published Heritage did not dictate that the format of the various parts be identified. This material will have to be surveyed to ascertain what formats they actually contain. The legal deposit of multimedia kits commenced in 1978 and it is therefore assumed that the majority of kits that contain audiovisual materials are on formats that are at a lower risk of obsolescence.

10.2 Members of the Audiovisual Migration Strategy Working Group

John Grace (Chairperson)
Director, Conservation and Preservation Copying Division

Tina Harvey (Secretary)
Manager, Audiovisual Section

Pam Armstrong
Manager, Digital Repository Services and Standards

Rosemary Bergeron
Archivist, Film/Broadcasting Section

Caroline Forcier-Holloway
Archivist, Film/Broadcasting Section

Richard Green
Manager, Music/Sound Recording Section

Kathryn Husband
Supervisor, Audiovisual Legal Deposit

André Larivière (Resource Person)
Film Conservator, Audiovisual Preservation and Access Section

Mireille Miniggio
Director, Cultural Heritage Division

Jean-Paul Moreau
Archivist, Film/Broadcasting Section

Nick Nguyen
Archivist, Democracy, Economics, Society, Sciences and Culture Section

René Paquet
Senior Advisor
Information Technology Branch

Rob Sekerak
Manager, Servers, Information and Storage
Information Technology Branch

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