Changing cityscapes and new technology infrastructure are not uncommon in an ever-growing city such as Miami. But as we continue to find innovative ways to propel us into the future, it has become increasingly important to preserve our city’s storied past. The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, is doing just that. One of the largest institutions of its kind in the United States, the Wolfson Archives is an official State of Florida moving image repository and archives. Founded in 1984, the Archives is dedicated to collecting, preserving, cataloging and making accessible film and video materials that document Florida’s history and culture. With the help of an automated videotape migration system, similar to that used by the Library of Congress and other heritage institutions, the staff at the Archives has spent the past several years digitizing priceless visual history – including generously donated home movies, television news footage and documentaries covering global events and trends that have played out on the Florida stage. The Archives is an essential resource for the community, as well as researchers and film producers. In fact, the recently released HBO documentary Spielberg, which chronicles the life and career of one of Hollywood’s most iconic filmmakers, featured footage obtained from the Wolfson Archives. – AVG Did You Know? The Wolfson Archives is home to 35,000 hours of historic video tape footage and 23 million feet of film .
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