Academy Sights and Sounds: Digitizing Audiovisual Media

Material Description

The materials proposed for digitization under the "Academy Sites and Sounds" project date from 1958 to 2010, and comprise dozens of linear feet of reel-to-reel audio tapes, audio and video cassette tapes, and UMATIC cassettes. Of particular note is a magnetic reel to reel audio recording of Robert Frost accepting the first Emerson-Thoreau Award in 1958 (one of the oldest audiovisual records in the collections). Other significant objects include recordings of the 1985 Niels Bohr symposium, the dedication ceremony for the new House of the Academy in 1981, Andrei Sakharov's press conference in November 1988, and several Academy Induction ceremonies.

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American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Ms. Michele Lavoie
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ms. Margaret
Assistant Archivist


Date Range

1958 - 2010

Geographic Scope

The majority of the events recorded took place at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, MA; some events were recorded in California, Illinois, and New York.


  • 810 Audiovisual Recordings