Professional Organizations

Association of Moving Image Archivists
AMIA is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials.

Maine Archives and Museums
The purpose of MAM is to develop and foster a network of citizens and institutions in Maine who identify, collect, interpret, and/or provide access to materials relating to history,living collections, and culture.


National Alliance for Media Art + Culture
NAMAC fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts.  Through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy, we connect, organize and develop organizations.

New England Archivists
New England Archivists is a regional organization of people who organize, describe, preserve, and provide access to historical records in a variety of formats. It offers educational opportunities and provides venues for professional and volunteer archivists to gather and share experiences with colleagues.


Film Festivals and Fairs



Camden International Film Festival
The five-year-old Camden International Film Festival has earned a reputation for screening the best independent documentary films, attracting intelligent audiences and serving great food by the sea.

NHF documents life in northern New England. In 2009, for the second year in a row, NHF was asked to enhance the program theme on sustainability. For an hour on a rainy Saturday morning, we screened a compilation called Back to the Land. Moving images of potato spraying in the 1920s from the National Archives Collection, 4-H dairying in the 1940s from the Hancock County Extension Collection, part-time farming in the 1950s from the Jean Hawes Collection, railway track maintenance in the 1960s from the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Collection, and an excerpt from the 2008 film Language Keepers about the Passamaquoddy Language, captured agriculture and land use in New England. 

Fryeburg Fair
It was a chilly day in March of 1851 when a few local farmers and merchants got together and decided to show off their produce, cattle and wares to the community. Since those humble beginnings, the Fryeburg Fair has become Maine's largest agricultural fair, with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world's largest steer and oxen show, and a reputation throughout North America. For the past 20 years NHF has been part of the farm museum displays, showing moving images of life in the region, and selling our Videos of Life in New England



Program Collaborations 

Center for Home Movies
The purpose of the Center for Home Movies (CHM) is to collect, preserve, provide access to, and promote understanding of home movies and amateur motion pictures.


Maine Boats Homes & Harbors

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors (MBH&H) produces an award-winning print magazine, an online edition filled with original content, and an annual boat and home show during the second weekend in August, each with a focus on the unique lifestyle that is living, working, and cruising the coast of Maine. Their products demonstrate that the Maine coast is more than just magnificent scenery. It is rugged (and sometimes quirky) people, rich history, traditional boats (and modern ones too), great architecture, and good food.

In Our Wake: Maine’s Maritime Heritage on Film, a collaboration between MBH&H and Northeast Historic Film, is a compilation of several historic films with initial screenings in two coastal cities—Bucksport and Rockland—that have strong maritime heritages. Through the use of home movies, travelogues, silents, and talkies, these moving pictures examine our state’s boats, harbors and people, with live commentary provided and lively audience participation.

Maine Historical Society
"The Maine Historical Society preserves the heritage and history of Maine: the stories of Maine people, the traditions of Maine communities, and the record of Maine's place in a changing world. Because an understanding of the past is vital to a healthy and progressive society, we collect, care for, and exhibit historical treasures; facilitate research into family, local, state, and national history; provide education programs that make history meaningful, accessible and enjoyable; and empower others to preserve and interpret the history of their communities and our state."



Without individual supporters NHF would not exist: members, media donors, transfer clients, stock footage users, financial donors, moviegoers and special event attendees, historical societies and libraries are all crucial to NHF.  You provide us with the material that helps expand our collections, the subject knowledge that enriches our collections, and the opportunities to share our moving image history.



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