[Videolib] Fwd: David S. Bradley Film Collection

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Fri, 04 Nov 2005 08:11:09 -0800

>Indiana University Press Release:
>Rare and out-of-print films now accessible to scholars and researchers at IU
>through digitization
>BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- More than 125 rare and out-of-print films are now
>available for research and instruction thanks to Indiana
>University's yearlong
>project to digitize films from the Lilly Library's historic David S. Bradley
>Film Collection.
>With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the IU Digital
>Library Program has transferred the 16mm films to master digibeta tapes and
>DVD-viewing copies. The films, many of which are in the public domain but
>unavailable commercially, include silent comedies as well as forgotten gems
>featuring Pearl White who starred in 224 films from 1910 to 1924,
>including 15
>episodes from the popular silent series "The Perils of Pauline." IU
>transferred nine of her episodic adventures from film to DVD. These episodes,
>once presumed lost, are part of the rich collection of rare films now
>available to scholars nationwide.
>In addition, all of the films that were made by David Bradley himself were
>also tranferred to DVD. Five of Bradley's features, including Charlton
>Heston's first film performance as a young 17 year old in the 1941 film "Peer
>Gynt and the classic B movies, "They Saved Hitler's Brain" and "Dragstrip
>Riot" are now available on DVD.
>All of the DVDs are accessible nationwide through inter-library loan to
>academic borrowers and independent scholars.
>"Creating high-quality surrogates that teachers, researchers and students can
>use reduces wear and tear of the original film." said Kristine Brancolini,
>project leader and director of IU's Digital Library Program. The films
>themselves are housed in IU's off-site facility, where an environment of 50
>degrees and 30 percent relative humidity provides conditions for long-term
>The Lilly Library, IU's library for rare books, manuscripts and special
>collections, is one of the nation's premier libraries for primary research
>materials. Among its noteworthy collections are the papers of noted
>filmmakers including John Ford, Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich, along
>with materials such as film and television scripts and press kits.
>Bequeathed to the Lilly Library in 1997, the Bradley Film Collection
>represents one of the most comprehensive private collections of films ever
>assembled. From American masterpieces to French avant-garde, the 3,200 films
>in the collection are complemented by manuscripts, books and periodicals
>devoted to Bradley's life and work as a film historian. The Bradley Film
>Collection is the library's first acquisition of a major film collection.
>IU has a long and distinguished history in film studies, pioneering the
>development of film courses for the humanities in the 1960s and creating one
>of the first film studies programs. Today, the program is fully integrated
>into the Department of Communication and Culture.
>The IU Libraries represent one of the most extensive library collections in
>the country and circulate more than 1.5 million items yearly to IU students,
>faculty, staff, other institutions of higher education, and citizens of the
>state, who enjoy free and open access to the collections.
>For more information:
>David Bradley Film Collection: http://www.indiana.edu/~bradfilm/nea.html
>IU Digital Library Program: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/
>Lilly Library: http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/index.html
>Kristine R. Brancolini, Director, Digital Library Program
>Wells Library E170, 1320 E. Tenth Street
>Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
>Phone: 812.855.3710 | Fax: 812.856.2062 |
>Web: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu

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