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Preserve Cornell's Audio/Visual Heritage

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
123 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 16, at 12:00 AM EST
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Preserve Cornell's Audio/Visual Heritage

Footage of thousands of pivotal moments in Cornell’s history – including lectures by Nobel laureates, visits from world leaders, Cornell presidential inaugurations and classic sports events – are stored in Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. But these film, VHS, audio and even wire recordings are deteriorating over time and their irreplaceable content is in danger of being lost forever. We need your help to preserve these materials – from lectures by Liberty Hyde Bailey and Hans Bethe to Dragon Days and Beebe Lake tobogganing.

Help us to digitize Cornell’s history and make it available for future generations.

Choose a giving level


Caring Conservator

A gift of $25 provides support for physical stabilization of audio/visual materials


Access Advocate

A gift of $50 supports the digitization process of vulnerable historic material


Audio Aficionado

A gift of $150 preserves audio of campus lectures and alumni reminiscences


Film Fanatic

A gift of $250 saves the film or video recording of a historic Cornell occasion such as a celebration or athletic event


Past Preserver

A gift of $500 allows for preservation of a small group of items such as a set of faculty oral histories


Hard-working Historian

A gift of $1,000 digitizes multiple audio and visual materials and supports the cost to put them online


Media Mogul

A gift of $2,500 funds larger digitization projects such as a collection of football games or a lecture series