The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

A selection of projects authored with Scalar.

A page from The Nicest Kids in Town

Archival video and imagery plays an important role in The Nicest Kids in Town.

Matthew Delmont used Scalar to create a digital companion to his new book The Nicest Kids in Town (University of California Press), which explores American Bandstand’s discriminatory policies against black youth in Philadelphia, in contrast to the claims of host Dick Clark that he integrated the show in its early years. Delmont’s digital project features over 100 images and video clips, including memorabilia, newspaper clippings, and vintage clips from American Bandstand. The Scalar publication first began to take shape at the NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities in Summer 2011. Delmont’s project uses Scalar’s paths feature to organize his material into three main sections: Bandstand’s Local Years: 1952-1957, America’s Bandstand: 1957-1964, and Remembering American Bandstand, each replete with media illustrations.

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