Re: evaluation of 16 mm collection

Jessica Rosner (
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 07:13:58 -0700 (PDT)

AMIA is a particularly good resource for this. People who have films that
they want to dispose of might consider listing on the listserv BUT make
clear that films are offered ONLY to legitimate non profit institutions as
there are a number of collectors who also participate in this group.
As this a user register group, I would be happy to forward any posts to
the AMIA listerv regarding available prints
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: Francis C Poole <fpoole@UDel.Edu> > Reply-To: > Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 06:28:08 -0700 (PDT) > To: Multiple recipients of list <> > Subject: Re: evaluation of 16 mm collection > > Jeffrey...Here are a couple of sites you might want to check out. > > Association of Moving Image Archivists > > > The Academic Film Archive > > > In our case I persuaded the Library to hold on to our 16mm films. We > have around 2000 titles, many of which are not available on video. Some of > them I consider classics, like Rhythm of Africa, which was written by Jean > Cocteau and narrated by Langston Hughes. We have others which are > fascinating like, Kingdom of Bronze (African bronze casting), and others > which are still instructive like, High Wall (about teenage gangs and > bigotry.) I made the case that even though some of the films are available > on video, they could go out of print at any time. In that event we still > have the film to either use or make a video copy from. If properly stored > and cared for, films will last for decades. Videotape, besides being > extremely fragile, is on its way out anyway. Will DVD replace tape? Will > all our videos end up on a server, or will videos end up on matchbook size > SD cards? Who knows? And hopefully I'll be sitting on a beach somewhere > NOT worrying about it. In the meantime, we've decided to value our films > as part of a legacy of learning through moving images. I'm just glad we > can still view our 16mm copy of The Third Man to appreciate > the clarity and richness of the FILM medium. > > So good luck with your project and I hope you find a good home for the > Orphans in your collection. There are a number of legitimate archives out > there that might be able to help. > > Francis Poole, Librarian > University of Delaware Library > > On Tue, 9 Apr 2002, Jeffrey W. Pearson wrote: > >> I need to come up with a plan to evaluate our 6,000 title 16 mm film >> collection, started in the 1940's, for weeding, preservation, and >> possible reformatting. If anyone has tackled this kind of project I >> would appreciate any advice you can share. I've got ideas for an >> approach and a general plan, but what I would love to know of is any >> already compiled list of what are considered the "best films of all >> time". I'm hoping to find help with identifying the hidden treasures >> in our collection. I know I'm asking for the grail here, but any help >> would be greatly appreciated. >> >> Thank you, >> >> -Jeff Pearson >> >> >> -- >> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >> Jeffrey W. Pearson Phone: (734) 763-3758 >> Librarian, Film & Video Library Fax: (734) 764-7087 >> University of Michigan e-mail: >> Shapiro Library, Room 2178 >> 919 S. University >> Ann Arbor MI 48109-1185 >> >