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Capstone: Abbie Hoffman Papers

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Roughly one-third of the materials in the Abbie Hoffman Papers at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History consist of various audiovisual formats: 16mm, ¼” open reel, audiocassettes, and video. In developing a digitization priority plan, research brief, and description guide for these materials, this Capstone provides guidance to future archivists responsible for ongoing digitization and description of these 500+ items. This will enable the preservation and access to rare materials documenting Hoffman’s career. The collection reflects the intersection of Hoffman’s guerilla theater-style protests and his understanding of the power of early television and video to influence social opinion.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Appraisal & selection

  • A/V digitization

  • A/V preservation

  • Media history

  • Metadata

  • Research

Photos of select audiovisual materials prior to processing

16mm Film Digitization

Texas State Library & Archives Commission

As a native Texan, I love contributing to the preservation of Texas history in film. While volunteering at Texas State Library and Archives Commission for two and a half semesters (volunteering was cut short due to COVID-19), I inspected, cleaned, spliced, and digitized 16mm film from Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Texas Governor Price Daniel, and Texas Governor Allan Shivers collections. In addition to becoming well-versed in film digitization standards (FIAF, IASA) and film preservation, I gained experience with FFMPEG, Final Cut Pro, and converting optical soundtracks to digital audio.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • 16mm digitization


  • Film inspection

  • Film preservation

  • Final Cut Pro

  • Splicing

Films I have digitized for access on Texas Digital Archive
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Bridge construction films 

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Transportation type films

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Highway safety and funding films

Film Digitization
Brenda Burt Papers

Brenda Burt Papers Finding Aid

Black Diaspora Archive, Benson Latin American Collection

For my Archival Enterprise I course, taught by Dr. Ciaran Trace, I completed a practicum in which myself and three of my peers processed a previously unarranged and undescribed collection at a local repository. My group had the pleasure of arranging and describing the Brenda Burt Papers at the Black Diaspora Archive (BDA) within the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas.


Project deliverables included: Appraisal Report and Processing Plan, inventory, EAD finding aid, and a group presentation. View the completed finding aid on Texas Archival Resources Online. 

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Appraisal

  • Arrangement

  • DACS

  • Description

  • EAD finding aids

  • Processing

  • Teamwork

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