Collaboration with George Eastman House and Queens Museum of Art

Submitted by Karan

Northeast Historic Film is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Queens Museum of Art and The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. The group’s project, Moving Images 1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World's Fair and Its Period, will catalog amateur 16 mm. and 8 mm. films and make the new descriptive records available to the public.

The work is coordinated with the National Building Museum's exhibition, Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s, which runs in Washington, D.C., through July 2011, then plans to travel to Chicago, Miami, and New York. Deborah Sorensen, a member of the curatorial team of the exhibition, will assist the cataloging project as a content scholar along with the Queens Museum of Art’s Louise Weinberg.

Scholars and all those interested in researching the moving image history of the period will be invited to seek out film collections in the repositories for further research. The project is supported by a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from Council on Library and Information Resources, with the support of generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Collections to be cataloged relate to the New York World's Fair (1939–1940) and amateur filmmaking during that era. Materials include original 16 mm. and 8 mm. film reels produced by members of the Amateur Cinema League. Architect Stephen F. Voorhees, who served as ACL president and as vice president of the New York World's Fair, wrote, "The New York World's Fair depends upon your camera and your eye to tell other generations that here, in 1939, men and women of good will from all over the earth had the courage to set up a tribute to the ways of peace and the hope of perfection." (ACL Movie Makers, June 1939).

The descriptive cataloging will be carried out in customized open source software, CollectiveAccess for Moving Images, supporting the creation of archival finding aids following Describing Archives a Content Standard (DACS), with reel-level description using the PBCore data standard created specifically for moving images.

Interested parties may inquire about two workshops to be offered in 2011 providing moving image cataloging training in DACS and PBCore using CollectiveAccess, free open source software: one workshop for people with no background cataloging audiovisual materials (summer in Boston, Mass.), the other workshop for experienced catalogers (fall in Austin, Texas).

Northeast Historic Film is very pleased that Brian Graney, MLS, joins the initiative as media cataloger.  Graney brings over a decade as a moving image archivist with experience at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archive.

For updates and to receive information as the collections are described, please contact project director Karan Sheldon, Northeast Historic Film, or media cataloger Brian Graney,

George Eastman House
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