The A-V Barn is the result of a collaboration between the ALPL Oral History program and the Illinois State Museum. This collection of seventy interviews encompasses nearly every aspect of agriculture as it is currently being practiced in Illinois. The collection also includes many fascinating stories about the early days of agriculture in Illinois.
The Illinois State Museum's A-V Barn website allows patrons to search the collection using an innovative new audio/video-indexing process. All tolled, the A-V Barn collection includes over 140 interviews, including roughly 70 audio interviews from Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois Springfield collections, and the 70 new video interviews conducted exclusively for this project in 2008 and 2009. Altogether, the A-V Barn collection includes approximately 300 hours of interview material. All audio and video interviews have been painstakingly ‘indexed' by subject and theme, using a process similar to film editing. Because of this indexing process, patrons can search the entire collection by subject or keyword. The search engine won't just point patrons to a specific interview; it will generate a list of interview clips based on patrons' search requests, allowing them to watch or listen only to that material most relevant to their search. No longer do you have to wade through hours of audio or video material hoping to find what you're looking for.
The A-V Barn project was funded via a generous National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Visit the Illinois State Mesuem's A-V Barn website