Audio-visual materials are notoriously challenging to preserve. Photographic positives can suffer from a range of deteriorations from tarnishing of metal bases to dirt and fingerprints becoming embedded in the emulsion of prints. Photographic negatives and motion picture film often fail from nitrate and vinegar syndrome. Video and audio formats are machine dependant which involves a whole new set of preservation concerns.
The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.