[rumori] Fwd: Library of Congress Acquires Prelinger Collection

Date: Sun Aug 18 2002 - 14:56:41 PDT

I know a number of people on this list already download and utilise films from
Prelinger Archives by way of www.moviearchive.org, so passing this good news on.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 August 19, 2002
 Press contact: Craig D'Ooge, Library of Congress (202) 707-9189
                 Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives (415) 750-0445
 Public contact: (202) 707-8572
         Prelinger Collection Largest Collection of Ephemeral Films
         The Library of Congress announced today its acquisition of the Prelinger
 Collection, containing more than 48,000 historical "ephemeral" motion
 pictures, from its owner, Prelinger Archives of San Francisco.
         The Prelinger Collection brings together a wide variety of American
 ephemeral motion pictures -- advertising, educational, industrial, amateur,
 and documentary films depicting everyday life, culture, and industry in
 America throughout the 20th century. Although images from the collection
 have been used in thousands of films, television programs and other
 productions throughout the last 20 years, the films themselves have not
 generally been available to researchers and the general public.
         "This comprehensive collection provides a unique window into the world of
 20th century American ideas and lifestyles," said Librarian of Congress
 James H. Billington. "The picture it gives is quite distinct from that
 found in Hollywood feature films and newsreels. These are the films that
 children watched in the classroom, that workers viewed in their union
 halls, that advertisers presented in corporate boardrooms, and that
 homemakers saw at women's club meetings."
         "The Library's acquisition of our collection will ensure its long-term
 preservation and render it accessible to future generations. I'm thrilled
 that this cultural and social resource is becoming part of the world's
 greatest treasury of recorded human knowledge," said Rick Prelinger,
 president of Prelinger Archives.
         Because of the size of the Prelinger Collection (more than 140,000
 individual cans of film) and the numerous complexities involved in its
 processing, it will take several years before the Library will be in a
 position to provide access to these films -- after the completion of a new
 motion picture storage and preservation facility in Culpeper, Va.
         However, Prelinger Archives will continue to offer access to the
 collection through two primary channels. Those wishing to access films for
 research, pleasure or reuse may view and download 1,500 key titles without
 charge through the Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/movies), while
 those in search of stock footage for production may acquire it through
 Prelinger's authorized representative, Getty Images
 (http://www.gettyimages.com). Detailed information regarding access to the
 Prelinger Collection may be found at http://www.prelinger.com.
        The Library of Congress contains the largest collections of film and
television in the world, from the earliest surviving copyrighted motion
 picture to the latest feature releases. Many of the films in the Prelinger
 Collection, however, were never submitted for copyright or were produced
 during the decades when film prints were not acquired by the Library as
 part of the copyright registration process. This was due to safety
 concerns about the storage of film prints produced on the highly flammable
 film nitrate stock used by the motion picture industry prior to 1951.
         Ephemeral films vividly document the look and feel of times past and are
 unparalleled records of cultural and social history. The Prelinger
 Collection contains significant holdings in many areas, including hundreds
 of films on social guidance and etiquette; thousands of industrial films
 picturing automobile design and manufacturing, communications, technology,
 and engineering; over 250 hours of amateur films and home movies shot by
 ordinary Americans to document their lives, their homes, and their travels;
 films on vanished cultural and social landscapes; films on art, literature,
 science and every other field of education; and many thousands of films
 produced by regional production companies in all parts of the United States.
         Approximately 40% of the collection consists of unique master materials,
 and a significant portion of the remainder is not held by any other
 archives. Two titles in the collection, "Master Hands" (1936) and "The
 House in the Middle" (1954), were recently named by the Librarian of
 Congress to the National Film Registry of culturally and historically
 significant films.
                 # # #
 PR 02-106
 ISSN 0731-3527

This message was sent using Mistral WebMail.

Rumori, the Detritus.net Discussion List
to unsubscribe, send mail to majordomoATdetritus.net
with "unsubscribe rumori" in the message body.
Rumori list archives & other information are at

Home | Detrivores | Rhizome | Archive | Projects | Contact | Help | Text Index

[an error occurred while processing this directive] N© Detritus.net. Sharerights extended to all.