Washington University Film & Media Archive staff have begun work on the Eyes on the Prize Digitization and Reassembly Project made possible by a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Grant.
Three batches of material have been sent to the lab including the each full episode of Eyes on the Prize (13 picture reels and 13 sound mag reels) and the first batch of interviews. These interviews include ones that were conducted during the initial production of what became Eyes on the Prize from 1979 and interviews conducted in 1985. After evaluating resources and materials, the team decided to digitize the original 1/4″ audio reels rather than the 16mm magnetic reels as the sound quality is better on the 1/4″ audio reels. So far approximately 250 reels have been sent out to Crawford Media Services.
In December, we received the first batch of film scans and audio preservation files back from Crawford. This included the first six episodes of Eyes on the Prize and approximately 35 interviews.
Jim Hone, Digital Archivist for the Film & Media Archive, has begun the work of reassembling the interviews working from the digital files and has completed work on the following interviews:
Judge John Minor Wisdom
Thomas R. Waring
Harry & Eliza Briggs