Assessment & Planning | BAVC

Assessment & Planning

BAVC provides assessment services for video and audio collections, providing content and condition appraisal and recommendations for immediate and long-term preservation planning.

Services we offer include:

Content Appraisal

  • Evaluation of the historical significance of content or a collection.
  • Identification of risk factors pertaining to content.
  • Recommendations for preservation.

Physical Appraisal

  • Identification of current condition of recorded materials.
  • Identification of risk factors due to condition.
  • Assessment and recommendations pertaining to micro- environment (casing, housing) and macro-environment (storage conditions).

Preservation Planning

  • Media selection and triage.
  • Budget development.
  • Funding recommendations.

BAVC has performed audiovisual collection assessments for the San Francisco Cinematheque, the San Francisco Ballet, the Headlands Center for the Arts, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, The Working Group/Not In Our Town, and the University of Montana’s Archives and Special Collections.

To learn more about our assessment and preservation planning services, or to request a quote for services, please call (415) 558-2158 or email