Los Angeles Art in Primary Source Sound and Moving Images: Deep Indexing to Mine Hidden Time-based Content


This is a collaborative project to provide deep access to sound and moving image content documenting the arts in Los Angeles and the region's impact on the arts globally. Project partners are: UCLA Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS students will catalog the items), and the Audiovisual Archive Network, an independent nonprofit library of historical audiovisual content that will host the collections and provide the cataloging and access environment. The project will catalog and provide access to collections held at these 8 institutions. 1. Archives of American Art (Smithsonian). 2. Stanford University Libraries W.A.R. (Women Art Revolution) Collection. 3. California Institute of the Arts Moving Image Archive: filmed and videotaped lectures by art, film, music, theatre, and dance faculty, including documentation of "Womanhouse." 4.Filmforum: video oral histories of filmmakers and artists involved with the L.A. experimental film scene from 1975-2000. 5. Pacifica Radio Archives: radio programs with artists, composers, architects, writers, and other creators that were broadcast on KPFK 1965-1994. 6. National Museum of American History: jazz oral histories. 7. Los Angeles Dance Foundation: performances by the American Repertory Dance Theatre. 8. GYST: Interviews with artists and curators active in L.A.'s alternative space and political art scene. Also video documentation of NAAO's defense of the "NEA 4."


Cataloging Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded

Year Added





  • Nick Browne

Collection Size

643 objects

Date Range

1964 - 2010

Geographic Scope

While the content focuses on the Los Angeles region, its impact is international. Collections are based in L.A. and Washington, DC.