(Note: as of June, 2022, the CVGA will be moving to the Shapiro Library. Updates will be announced on the U-M Library Computer and Video Game Archive page)
Among the many unique resources that make the Duderstadt Center so special is the Computer and Video Games Archives, part of the U-M Art, Architecture and Engineering Library, conceived and curated by creative and forward-thinking librarian David Carter and managed by librarian Val Waldron.
“We’re somewhat unique here at University of Michigan in that we’re an open archive where you can make a reservation and then come in and play any of the games that you want to for whatever reason.”
U-M Library Video Game Archivist, Comics Librarian, Reference Services Co-coordinator (Art, Architecture and Engineering Library)
David Carter, U-M Library Video Game Archivist, Comics Librarian, Reference Services Co-coordinator (Art, Architecture and Engineering Library). Photo by Eric Bronson, courtesy Michigan News
The CVGA’s extensive and accessible collection requires that forward thinking of what should be preserved for the future of the cultural assets that uniquely describe our society today. Computer and console-based games are among a legion of contemporary, born-digital content that, despite their ubiquity, could easily be lost forever if not rescued and preserved today. This is especially true of preserving not only the game-playing assets, but the game hardware and peripherals as well. To-date the CVGA has collected several thousand computer, console, and board games. The current catalog listing shows more than 8,000 records! Almost all are playable, and many include their original hardware.
The next frontier for the U-M Library’s CVGA effort is to help lead efforts in understanding the processes need to provide durable archival processes for these fragile resources.
Val Waldron, U-M Library Computer and Video Game Archive Manager (Art, Architecture and Engineering Library), photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan News
“There are a few experts or specialists at other universities, but there isn’t a lot of known work or discussion around the formal archival process for these games.”
U-M Library Computer and Video Game Archive Manager (Art, Architecture and Engineering Library)
The CVGA dedicated page is: “Computer and Video Game Archive”
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The video below and a more extensive article were recently published by The U-M News organization, Michigan News, authored by Lilian Varner with Sydney Hawkins. Photographs by Eric Bronson (Michigan News).
Video courtesy of Michigan News