Austin History Center

Media Communications Association–International, Austin Chapter Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Media Communications Association–International, Austin Chapter
Title: Media Communications Association–International, Austin Chapter Records
Inclusive Dates: 1991-2005
Abstract: The Media Communications Association – International (previously known as the International Television Association) is a professional organization organized to create recognition and opportunity for those working in the non-broadcast and industrial communication sectors. The collection consists of financial records, programming materials, Executive Board meeting minutes, Regional Conference materials and other administrative records that highlight the activities of the Austin chapter of the Media Communications Association – International (MCA-I) from 1991 to 2005.
Identification: AR.2012.026
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Media Communications Association-International (current name) was founded to create recognition and opportunity for those working in the non-broadcast and industrial communication sectors. To that end, it worked to develop uniform technical standards for manufacturers, suppliers, and users of industrial television equipment and services; to forge alliances with professionals working in related fields; and to encourage professionalism in the industry. The original members were drawn largely from the production departments of corporations, and secondarily from independent studios. Other early members included broadcast television and radio personnel, and a somewhat smaller contingent working in film. The name of the organization was changed from International Television Association (ITVA) to the current name in 2001 to reflect the growing diversity of its membership, a result of the expansion and convergence of communications technologies in the previous decade.

The Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I) Austin chapter listed their mission as helping members succeed in their professional and personal growth in the visual communications industry. Programming included presentations and workshops on networking/marketing and technical developments in the visual communications field. The Austin chapter dissolved in 2005.

Scope and Contents

The Media Communications Association-International (MCA-I) Austin records consist of materials that document the organization and activities of the professional organization from 1991 to 2005. The majority of the records cover the time period when the organization was name the International Television Association (ITVA). The records are organized into four series: I. Administrative Records, II. Financial Records, III. Programming, and IV. Conferences.

The Administrative Records series (1993-2005) includes an ITVA organizational overview and primer, membership information, and chapter leadership resources. In addition there are Board of Directors meeting announcements and minutes for the years 1994 through 1996. Also included in this series is a file titled "MCA-I 2000-2005" which includes Austin chapter administrative materials as well as financial and programming records. Previous years administrative, financial and programming records were filed separately but in an effort to maintain original order the contents of this file were maintained as is rather than divided into similar subdivisions.

The Financial Records series (1991-1997) includes Treasurer's reports and advertising invoices. Treasurer's reports consist of monthly reports to the Board of Directors as well as the twice yearly reports submitted to the ITVA National office and include information about all income and expenses of the Austin chapter. The ad solicitations/invoices file documents the advertising sales for the newsletter.

A single folder with flyers, sign-in sheets and a mailing list make up the Programming series (1992-1998, undated). And lastly, the Conferences series (1997-1998) contains the conference guidebook for the ITVA Regional Leadership Conference in 1997 and PowerPoint presentations and notes for the ITVA International Conference in 1998.


Collection is arranged into four series:
I. Administrative Records
II. Financial Records
III. Programming
IV. Conferences


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Leben, Clay.
International Television Association.
Media Communications Association International.
Austin (Tex.)
Video recordings industry.
Video recordings -- Production and direction.

Related Material

Austin Files: Television-International Industrial Television Association, Southwest Regional Conference T0700 (8)

Separated Material

Issues of International Television Association Austin chapter newsletter were separated to the Periodical Collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donation received from the president of the Austin chapter of the Media Communications Association International.

Preferred Citation

Media Communications Association-International Austin Chapter Records (AR.2012.026). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2012/052

Donation Date: 2012

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.

The organization of the records within the original folders was largely maintained, but the processor created the overall arrangement. Because of the completeness of the Treasurer's Reports, monthly bank statements and invoices were not retained so some of the file names were truncated to reflect the deaccessioned materials.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Records, 1993-2005

Box Folder
1 1 ITVA organizational overview and primer , 1996
2 Assorted chapter information, 1994-1997
3 ITVA chapter leadership resources, 1993-1998, undated
4 Board minutes, 1994-1996
5 MCAI (Media Communications Association-International), 2000-2005

II. Financial Records, 1991-1997

Box Folder
1 6-8 Treasurer's Reports, 1991-1997
8 Ad solicitations/invoices, 1993-1996, undated

III. Programming, 1992-1998

Box Folder
1 10 ITVA programs, 1992-1998, undated

IV. Conferences, 1997-1998

Box Folder
1 10 ITVA Regional Leadership Conference Guidebook, 1997
12 ITVA Conference, 1998