RE: help for deteriorated film

Trent Nicholas (
Wed, 18 Sep 2002 13:28:34 -0700 (PDT)

Yikes. If I am right, sounds like a nitrate film print, as most were of
that vintage, and has deteriorated as most do without proper preservation.
It would take absolute professionals to dupe any of it, if possible at all.
A matter not to take lightly as it is dangerously combustible. CAREFULLY
remove it from the premises and put somewhere that it would harm not
anything or better to just dispose of as dangerous waste.

Trent Nicholas
Statewide Media Resource Coordinator
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

-----Original Message-----
From: Bergman, Barbara J. []
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 3:59 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: help for deteriorated film

The university archivist asked if you folks have any suggestions for
this film. She realizes that total restoration is probably not possible,
but curious about the possibility of rescuing some of it to have
transferred to video. (It is a film of a university event, no copyright
issues involved.) Here's her description:

The film was created in late 1930s and is approximately 45 minutes long.
It is not stored on a reel of any kind. The film has deteriorated a
lot. It smells badly like vinegar and is very sticky. The core of the
roll of film does not look like it can be unwound at all. Approximately
15 minutes look salvageable but that section has also deteriorated. The
film is very faded down the center and is slightly sticky. The only
reason I am interested in pursing this is that the content of the film
has historical value to the campus and the images can be made out on
some of the frames. Does having a copy made sound like a waste of money
for this film? (Realizing a vendor would have to clean up the original
to make such a copy.)