Friday, May 18, 2012

Pictures of Preservation 3

One of the many challenges of today in Film Preservation comes from the Diversity of material now available.  We tend to identify "Hollywood Productions" as the items requiring most needed preservation efforts, however with the recent rise of regional Archives, and the Orphan films movement as well as a new emphasis on "Home Movies" the scope of material needed preservation consideration has grown exponentially.  Each of the Photos below come from the Regional Archives and related sites mentioned above.  The captions for the photo's will take you to the website of those mentioned.


There are now many places who provide services related to
"Small Format Films"(16mm, 8mm, etc).  One of the best of
 these is the Little Film Website.  They offer many areas of
 service related to Preservation and copying of these formats.

Little Film

So we have learned that preservation is truly everyone's business, from the major Hollywood Productions to the 8mm family Movies your parents took of your 8th birthday.  History is made in some way, shape or form every day.  It is in all of our best interests to become involved in any way we can to preserve this history.  If you haven't already, please consider donating today.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pictures of Preservation 2

These are photos related to the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection.   Here is an overview from a piece I wrote back in 1997.  Suffice to say the effort to remaster these to 35mm has undergone some changes in the last few decades from using a Prototype Archival Scanner, to newer Scanning techniques today.

 The pictures that follow mostly date from the 1930's through the 1950's.

First film submitted for copyright in 1894
"Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze"
better known as Fred Ott's Sneeze. 

Some of the Methods of receipt of Paper Prints for Copyright Deposit

Paper Print South Cellar Vault 1943 

Roll of Paper Print (under large photo) in storage South Cellar Vault
Library of Congress 1943

Howard Walls (copyright clerk at Library of Congress
credited with re-discovery of paper prints in 1942)

View  of Optical Printer  Designed by
Carl L. Gregory of National Archives 
Modified to copy Paper Prints in the 1940's


James Culver of the Library of Congress 
Examining Paper Prints in 1953.