Title and statement of responsibility area
MOA General Media collection
General material designation
- Graphic material
- Moving images
- Sound recording
- Digital Media
Other title information
Title statements of responsibility
Level of description
Edition statement of responsibility
Class of material specific details area
Statement of scale (cartographic)
Statement of projection (cartographic)
Statement of coordinates (cartographic)
Statement of scale (architectural)
Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
 -  (Creation)
Physical description area
ca. 5000 photographs
ca. 240 audio recordings
ca. 150 video recordings
Publisher's series area
Title proper of publisher's series
Parallel titles of publisher's series
Other title information of publisher's series
Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series
Numbering within publisher's series
Note on publisher's series
Archival description area
Custodial history for many records in this collection is unknown.
Scope and content
Collection consists of the media -including photographs, sound recordings, and video recordings - that is about, by, or related to the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) and its collections. Media can be found in many collections and fonds in the MOA Archives; the media in this General Media collection are those that do not belong to a more specific archival collection, usually because their provenance is not known.
The collection is divided into three series based on media type:
- Video recordings
- Sound recordings
Immediate source of acquisition
Language of material
Script of material
Location of originals
Availability of other formats
Some items in this collection have been digitized.
Restrictions on access
Access to some items in this collection is restricted. Consult archivist for details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
See series level descriptions for inventories.
Additional sound recordings, video recordings, and photographs can be found in many of the other collections/fonds at MOA Archives.
History of this collection:
Prior to having an archivist, media at MOA was managed together by record type and not by creator. Over time, the original provenance information was lost for many records created or received by MOA. According to previous documentation, audio recordings and film recordings were managed separately but together they were considered to represent the MOA General Media Collection.
In 1993, J. Cruickshank inventoried the MOA General Media Collection: Audio and assigned numeric identifiers to each media record. These identifiers were referred to as accession numbers, although they were not archival accession numbers. These accession numbers were arbitrary numbers assigned by J. Cruickshank to gain some initial control over the audio holdings in the museum archives. A listing of J. Cruickshank's inventory list with the accession numbers can be found in the archives filing cabinet.
In the late 1990’s under the direction of an archivist, the records listed in the MOA General Media Collection were appraised for their long-term value. Many records were retained but some were deemed as not necessary to retain within the MOA archives. An inventory list of all the records not retained by the archives (and in some instances, the decision for deaccessioning) can be found in the archives filing cabinet. The deaccessioned records were either: destroyed; placed in the library's backlog; given to the Communication's Video Library; or given away to staff for free.
In 1999, the archivist and the archives assistant arranged the MOA General Media Collection into two series: Audio Recordings and Video Recordings.
MOA General Photographs were previously managed separately from the audio and video recordings. Because these are all media formats, however, the MOA General Photograph collection was added to the MOA General Media collection in 2017.