Leominster Access Television

20 Litchfield Street, Leominster MA 01453 • (978) 537-7760

Collecting Policy

Leominster.TV Center for Archival Media Preservation (LTV-CAMP)

Leominster.tv is very dedicated to still and moving image restoration and preservation. We utilize much of these images when producing local historical programming for our channels. We currently have an archive collection second to none on images relating to North Central Massachusetts. We call it the LTV-CAMP (The Leominster.tv Center for Archival Media Preservation). We are always on the lookout for finding more archival treasures from the area. One way we do this is to do film to digital transfers, and also photo and negative scanning of materials that we feel would add to our ever growing archive. These materials come from many sources, home movies, historical societies and commissions, library collections, and the work of many local photographers past and present. Usually we offer a free film transfer with a free digital copy to anyone who would allow us to add their images to our historical collection. These images then become a part of our ever growing /catalogued inventory which at some point, hopefully very soon, will be made available via the web for researchers, scholars and history buffs. Since we are a non-profit organization, it is not our goal to sell this footage for monetary gain, and /or make any kind of a profit from this imagery. We intend to only use it for educational and public service related programming and displays.

Acquisition and accessioning of films, videos, and photographs at the LTV-CAMP shall proceed according to criteria which are intended to maximize usefulness through preservation and for research purposes.

High priority is given to moving images and photos with the following characteristics, although these measures will not be mechanically applied in determining whether or not to accept the material:

• Related to the North Central Massachusetts region through location, subject, maker, source or other connection.
• Unique, or inaccessible to the North Central Massachusetts population.
• Otherwise likely to be damaged or lost.
• As close to the original film or tape generation as possible and is of good picture quality.
• Well-documented, and where possible accompanied by related non-motion picture references such as notes, etc.

Moving images and photos meeting many of these criteria will generally have high priority for acceptance, while those meeting few or none will have lower priority. Materials preserved elsewhere, widely distributed, or requiring severely restrictive donation conditions are considered low priority.

As you can see, our collection policy is very basic. If you think you may have imagery related to the North Central Massachusetts area, and may be interested in having it preserved, we will first inspect your materials to see if they may have content meeting our criteria of including in our archive. If so, we will transfer your film footage, or scan your negatives and provide you with a digital master of the material free of charge, with the caveat… and with your signed permission, that we can add a digital copy of it to our ever growing collection. Of course it would be forever earmarked as being from your collection under which ever name you choose, but it would then become part of the whole of our vast digital archive centering on this region.