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The Wolfson Family Donates more than $2 Million to MDC for Preservation and Digitization of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives

MDC was entrusted with preserving Florida’s history through television newscasts by Lynn Wolfson in the spring of 2009 when she donated this acclaimed archives to the college
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Miami, July 13, 2011 - Moving the preservation of moving pictures significantly forward, the Wolfson family, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) biggest benefactor, has donated more than $2 million dollars to the college to expedite the digitization of the tapes and films contained in the renowned Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, which the family donated to the college in 2009. In 2012, the Archives will be housed at the state-of-the-art Student Support Center currently under construction at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.

Lynn Wolfson helped found the Moving Image Archives in 1984, along with Ralph Renick from WTVJ and historian Arva Moore Parks. The Wolfson Archives, named in honor of Lynn and her husband, the late Louis Wolfson II, a leader in Florida’s politics and the communications industry, was created under the joint sponsorship of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami Dade College, and the University of Miami. The Archives has been collecting, preserving, and making accessible film and video materials made in or about Florida beginning with an initial contribution by Miami broadcast journalism pioneer Ralph Renick of film and video materials produced by WTVJ since its establishment in 1949. The Archives contains millions of feet of film and thousands of hours of videotape, spanning over nine decades of Florida’s past. These materials document the issues and events that have shaped the history and culture of Florida. 

“Preserving this history before tapes and films deteriorate is a top priority our family and we are pleased to make this donation to Miami Dade College as it diligently works to take the Archives to the next level, forever making its vast collection available to students and the public at large,” said Lynn Wolfson. “We know this collection is in good hands at Miami Dade College.”

Louis Wolfson II (Senior Vice President of Wometco) presided over the television and cable division of Wometco Enterprises prior to its sale in 1983. All original footage in the Moving Image Archives was contributed by WTVJ, the flagship station of Wometco Enterprises. 

Digitizing the tape and film holdings of the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives mandates a combination of the newest encoding hardware and software, as well as a significant amount of obsolete, increasingly scarce equipment. This also requires some personnel to expeditiously complete the project. The donation will fund these endeavors and also expand the Archives’ capacity to digitize new assets as they are donated. All equipment and processes specified in this plan are geared toward making as much of the collection publicly available as possible, while adhering to widely accepted digital preservation standards. Currently, more than 35,000 hours of tape and 22.8 million feet of film require digitizing at the Archives.

For more information, please contact MDC archivist Rene Ramos at 305-237-7713 or rramos@mdc.edu.

 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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