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Subseries 4. Video Documentation Services (VDS), 1996-2003

Scope and Content Notes:

VDS was contracted mainly by non-profit and civic agencies to produce PR films, and was conceived in 1996 as a way to deploy CM interns into the freelance videography working environment, and as a secondary source of income for the CM organization.

Program reports includes a client list, program evaluation and annual project history from 1997-99; a business brochure includes design specs. A sampling of workshop outlines detail the curriculum for student volunteers. News clippings include a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette job advertisement for “video internships,” as well as articles relating to potential clients’ projects.

Tape handling is documented by Video Dubbing Forms and Inventory and Distribution Invoices.

Correspondence includes background research and estimates for documentary projects, and includes significant material relating to the NAACP’s 88th Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, the ACLU production “You and the Police” (contemporary with Community Eye’s Gammage filming), and the Pittsburgh leg of the Olympic torch-bearer’s procession for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, Utah.

Invoices include copies of checks and notes relating to material supplies, as well as detailing services rendered for titled and completed projects. Invoices record presence and activities of VDS interns and the collaborating/supervising professional videographers. Equipment invoices and brochures document the cameras and editing equipment used for video production.

Several individual client projects have been assigned a unique file based on a significant volume of germane supporting material, including contracts, correspondence, and shot lists. These clients include the Minority Enterprise Corporation’s Pillar Awards, and the City of Pittsburgh’s Weed and Seed and Neighborhood Needs programs. Materials are identified by title and dates covered.

Folder 15 Program reports, 1997-1999
Folder 16 Program brochure and specs
Folder 17 Workshop outlines, 1996-1997
Folder 18 VDS Press Releases and News Clippings, 1997-2000
Folder 19 Videotape Handling Records, 1996-2002
Folder 20 VDS Correspondence, 1996-2001
Folder 21 Inventory and Distribution Invoices, 1996-2000
Folder 22 VDS Project Invoices, 1996-2001
Folder 23 Equipment Invoices, 1997-2001
Folder 24 Equipment Specifications, 1997-2001
Folder 25-29 Individual VDS Production Records, 2000-2003