[Libs-Or] Women of Library History - Marion Stokes

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Wed May 8 16:57:39 PDT 2019

*The Remarkable Story of a Woman Who Preserved Over 30 Years of TV History*
Thousands of hours of Marion Stokes’s personal recordings will now be
digitized, one tape at a time.
APRIL 29, 2019

ABOUT 71,000 VHS AND BETAMAX cassettes are sitting in boxes, stacked
50-to-a-pallet in the Internet Archive’s physical storage facility in
Richmond, California, waiting to be digitized. The tapes are not in
chronological order, or really any order at all. They got a little jumbled
as they were transferred. First recorded in Marion Stokes’s home in the
Barclay Condominiums in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, the tapes had
been distributed among nine additional apartments she purchased solely for
storage purposes during her life. Later, they passed on to her children,
into storage, and finally to the California-based archive. Although no one
knew it at the time, the recordings Stokes made from 1975 until her death
in 2012
<https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/philly/obituary.aspx?pid=161826563> are
the only comprehensive collection preserving this period in television
media history.

https://womenoflibraryhistory.tumblr.com/ (published every other
Wednesday) ,
http://aldirect.ala.org/sites/default/al_direct/2019/may/050319-2.htm and

 Submissions are welcome at

*Diedre Conkling*
*diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change
your attitude.”―Maya Angelou
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