This week we began processing the A/V material in the Hall Hoag Collection. Cassandra de Alba, a graduate student from Simmons College will be organizing and describing the material. There are 22 boxes and ~400 A/V items in the collection. Formats include 1/4 inch audio reels, VHS video tapes, Beta Cam video tapes, audio cassettes and a small number of film reels. The content is varied containing audio/video produced by extremist and dissenting groups, audio interviews conducted by Gordon Hall with extremists, radio appearances by Gordon Hall, b-roll footage from events like a 1964 picnic held by the National States Rights Party, and some extremism related taped television programs.
Cassandra will be organizing the material alphabetically, creating an inventory of the items and then creating item level records for the material noting, dates, titles, names and formats. We will be working to cross reference the material against the printed material in the Hall Hoag collection to ensure that researchers will known which people and groups have A/V material. At this point there are no plans to digitize this material, but it would probably be worth doing in the near future as many of the formats are fragile and obsolete.