Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

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Media Burn - Digitizing and Access to the Chicago Collection of Historical Videotapes

(04/01/2008 - 03/20/2009)

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As part of an on-going partnership between the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) and the Media Burn Archive, videotapes from the Chicago Collection of the Media Burn Archive were preserved, digitized, and made available online at The project created access to videotapes of critical historical importance both to Loyola’s academic programs and to the wider community of scholars, students, filmmakers, and community groups. The digital files were also made available for use on hard drives at Loyola University Chicago.

The tapes include two from the Mayor Richard J. Daley collection, 31 from the Alderman Vito Marzullo collection, 40 from the Congressman Dan Rostenkowski collection, and 127 from the Studs Terkel collection.

CURL (in cooperation with Loyola’s School of Communication) was also able to create an internship program for their students at Media Burn. The students were a major asset to Media Burn’s workflow, and the internship was a unique opportunity in the students’ education.

View the Chicago Collection of the Media Burn Archive.

Research Team

  • D. Van Zytveld, CURL
  • S. Champman, Media Burn

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