Processing the C-SPAN Records

For most,  the work of the Special Collections Research Center is the final product: a exhibition with display cases of memorabilia, or a digital exhibit, or a series of finding aids, or perhaps just a write-up in the library's newsletter.    Unseen is the preparatory work that goes into producing each of those "final products."    

This section highlights the day-to-day work done by SCRC staff as they processed the C-SPAN materials, linking to postings on the SCRC blog between 2017 and 2021.

The C-SPAN Chronicles, Season 1, Part 1

A Processing Primer

April 13, 2017

This post offers background on C-SPAN and Brian Lamb, as well as discussing the scope of the C-SPAN Records collection.  It also gives a basic overview of archival processing and surveying the material.

The C-SPAN Chronicles, Season 1, Part 2

Unique Finds

May 2, 2017

This post exhibits a few of the unique and sometimes strange materials that was uncovered in the initial processing of the C-SPAN Records collection.

The C-SPAN Chronicles, Season 1, Part 3

To Rebox or Not to Rebox

May 18, 2017

This post discusses the difference between archival storage boxes and regular storage boxes, as well as the thought process behind the decision to rehouse material in more appropriate boxes. 

The C-SPAN Chronicles, Season 1, Part 4

Viewer Mail

June 23, 2017

This post focuses on the Viewer Mail series within the C-SPAN Records collection and highlights some of the items found therein.

The C-SPAN Chronicles, Season 1, Part 5

Cassette Tapes, DATs, and U-matics, Oh My

August 30, 2017

This post introduces the complexities of processing analog audiovisual materials within archival collections, using the C-SPAN Records collection as an example. It addresses the fundamental questions an archivist asks when confronted with an A/V item that's unfamiliar to them.

The C-SPAN Chronicles, Season 1, Part 6

Lessons Learned

September 19, 2017

This post summarizes five important takeaways gained from processing this project.