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Wednesday, April 14 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Describing the Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters Audiovisual collection

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How can one describe a collection, if the content defies archival standards? Do these concepts allow the flexibility to accommodate the unusual, eccentric or under-represented? Furthermore, can creative improvisations be employed in the archival practices of arrangement and description to provide access? These questions must be asked when attempting to describe the irreverent ethos of the KEN KESEY COLLECTION OF MERRY PRANKSTERS HOME MOVIES AND OTHER MATERIALS collection’s subject matter. In addition to the content, the arrangement (or lack thereof), communal authorship, and conflicting legacy records, problematize the application of concepts such as respect des fonds, provenance, and original order. This presentation will discuss the collaboration, alternative approaches to descriptive standards and consolidation of 10 years of documentation from multiple preservation projects that were necessary to arrange and describe this collection. Challenges and potential recommendations for complex moving image collections will be discussed and never-before-seen footage will be screened.

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Brianna Toth

Preservation Archivist, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive
Brianna works as a Preservation Archivist at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Film Archive on the Blackhawk Films Collection where she oversees a large-scale digitization project—the primary aim of which is to scan to protect rare and under-represented titles within... Read More →
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Caitlin Denny

UCLA Graduate Program in Library & Information Science
Caitlin Denny is an archivist and filmmaker. She earned a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from UCLA in 2017, and a BFA degree in Media Arts from California College of the Arts in 2009. She has exhibited her film and video work internationally and has curated exhibitions... Read More →
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Todd Wiener

Senior Motion Picture Archivist, UCLA Film & Television Archive
Todd Wiener has worked at the UCLA Film & Television Archive for more than twenty-one years and has served as its Motion Picture Archivist since 2005. In addition to supporting all motion picture-related academic, programmatic, and preservation programs at the Archive, Todd serves... Read More →

Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT
Stage B