Friday, March 18, 2005

Ephemeral Film

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 48,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and some 1,600 (soon to be 2,000) key titles are available here. The collection currently contains over 10% of the total production of ephemeral films between 1927 and 1987, and it may be the most complete and varied collection in existence of films from these poorly preserved genres.


Blogger LisaPal said...

I have now spent many hours perusing the Prelinger Archives. Last night I showed Alex a 1950 film on being a responsible member of the family (or something like that) and I think it actually affected him because today he started his homework early, washed his own dishes, put the trash out for me (which is supposed to be his chore but he never does it), and said he'd bring his clean clothes upstairs and start working on cleaning his room tomorrow. Wonder of wonders! I can't wait to try it on Rachel, the child whose room looks like it exploded and who has been dubbed "The Pollinator" for her talent of efficiently distributing her stuff throughout every room of the house.

3/22/2005 02:58:00 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Glad to be of service. The internet and effective parenting, working hand in hand.

3/22/2005 11:33:00 AM  

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