AVArchives Services--AVAS

AVAS is dedicated to preserving historical motion pictures, sound recordings, and videotapes.


Consultation for Archives, Libraries, Museums and Media Organizations:

PRESERVATION SURVEYS--Detailed analysis of facilities, storage, enclosures, condition of materials, and discussion of issues that place audiovisual materials at risk. More than 30 surveys completed through SOLINET and CAP and direct contacts with institutions. Survey results often used as a persuasive basis for obtaining increased preservation funding.

PRESERVATION PLANNING--Improvements to upgrade facilities and create storage conditions that meet established archival standards. Instructions for archival processing and guidance on digital conversion for preservation and access.

APPRAISALS--Monetary evaluations  of documentary materials donated  to repositories written by a qualified appraiser.

RESEARCH FOR TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES--Public domain motion pictures and photos drawn from the National Archives and from other governmental collections.  Screeners (mini-DVs or  DVDs) available in advance as well as high-quality image scans (CDs). Extensive knowledge of National Archives audiovisual collections and  video lab capabilities (telecine, Digibeta, HD formats, etc.).

William T. Murphy*
AVArchives Services
2778 Christ Church Court
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 (US)

Note: AVAS no longer offers services due to the retirement of its founder but maintains this website for the benefit of past contacts.

*Bill Murphy established AVAS after retiring from the National Archives. As a leading archivist, he served as Founding President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, which awarded him its "Silver Light" for career achievement. He is also a recipient of the International Documentary Association's Preservation and Scholarship Award, and the author of the Library of Congress' A Report of the Current State of American Telvision and Video Preservation; and a book on the pioneer documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty. AVAS's recommendations are based upon national and international standards and practices widely accepted in the archival community. The AVAS research team includes French, German, and Spanish language skills. AVAS is licensed and insured.