2 Nacogdoches history projects working to archive, digitize old home movies

A Texas Film Round-Up banner (Source: KTRE Staff)
A Texas Film Round-Up banner (Source: KTRE Staff)
An old film canister (Source: KTRE Staff)
An old film canister (Source: KTRE Staff)
A digitized version of a Caddo Indian ceramic bowl (Source: KTRE Staff)
A digitized version of a Caddo Indian ceramic bowl (Source: KTRE Staff)
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Just like eight track audio tapes, 8-millimeter film and VHS have gone by the wayside. With no easy way to view them, people tend to throw them in the trash.

Archivists stress preservation, no matter how old the format.

East Texas News took a look at two programs in Nacogdoches designed to help you save your family memories for future generations to appreciate.

East Texas News' Donna McCollum brought a box full of 8-millimeter home movies dating back to the 1940s. She rescued them during her parents' move. On Tuesday, the film canisters will be picked up by the Texas Archive of the Moving Image for Free Digitization. They call it the Texas Film Round Up.

"The archive just wants to encourage the preservation of all these memories and all this information that we have in East Texas that's sometimes moldering away in the attic," said librarian Crystal Hicks.

Stephen F. Austin State University digital archivist Dillon Wackerman cringes at the thought of losing media images.

"Behind me we have our equipment that we use for media reproduction," Wackerman said.

Wackerman and others offer media preservation on a daily basis at the Center for Digital Scholarship. It's new at SFA's Steen Library.

"We work with the East Texas Research Center quite a bit and through them, we archive and digitize community collections," Wackerman said.

Projects nearing completion include digital collections of the oral history of Texas cowboy churches.

Graduate student Mark Musquiz digitized memories of the space shuttle Columbia disaster. He showed off images of children's drawings of the tragedy.

"This is one of my favorites," Musquiz said. "After the tragedy a lot of the school children drew pictures and wrote essays."

Additionally, Digital Services maintains the Website 'Scholarworks.'

"It gives you a list of every faculty member that has put something in there and a list of all their publications," said Ashley Thompson, a digital specialist.

One professor utilized a 3D scan of a Caddo ceramic bowl. Thompson used her computer mouse to show the bowl from a variety of different angles.

"It's much more interactive," Thompson said.

The heritage is preserved for future generations.

The Texas Film Roundup at the Nacogdoches Public Library has concluded, but you still can contact the state office at (512) 485-3073 for information or send them an e-mail at info@texasarchive.org. SFA's Center for Digital Scholarship is ongoing to help out with creating digital information. You can call them at (936) 469-1445 or send an e-mail to cds@sfasu.edu.

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