There are a fair amount of audiovisual materials in this collection. It has video reels, videocassettes, audiocassettes, floppy disks, and DVDs. Fortunately, everything is labeled or the contents can be guessed from the context of what they were kept with. Ronda has suggested I might contact Mike Shallcross at the digital preservation lab. I am not sure that I will have time for this, but I intend to do my level best to describe the information on the tapes. The BFC/A is particularly interested in providing physical descriptions on the finding aids, so I will need to research what formats exactly these materials are on. For instance, one videocassette I have begun researching is a U-matic tape Spanish language master.
I was able to verify the contents of the audiocassettes with tools available at the BFC/A. I was also able to see what kinds of files are held on the DVDs, but the computer software was not able to open the files. I have not inquired yet, but I am sure the BFC/A has the correct tools or at least access to the correct tools for viewing the video reels and videocassettes. Again, I am not sure how much added value this would add to the project considering the time frame, but it is nice knowing the institution is fully equipped to handle these materials. The floppy disks present a more unique challenge, which is why Ronda suggested the preservation lab.