The Remarkable Story of a Woman Who Preserved Over 30 Years of TV History



A new documentary film about activist archivist Marion Stokes and her work just debuted at Tribeca! Stokes passed in 2012, leaving her son, Michael, a legacy of more than 70,000 VHS and Betamax tapes with continuous, 24/7 recordings of many news channels, including CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, and MSNBC.

In 2013, Michael donated these materials to the Internet Archive. They moved the collection across the country from her properties in Philadelphia to their headquarters in San Francisco in 4 shipping containers (!!!) The Internet Archive began a $2 million digitization project, which is still underway.

This fun and informative article by Noor Al-Samarrai tells an abbreviated version of Stokes’ story. I’m interested to know more details about the ongoing digitization process!

– Owen Cobey, Info 651-03



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