Re: "Vinegar 16mm films"
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 19:23:03 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Dave,

There's not much you can do outside of reducing the speed of disintegration
(short of making dupe material, of course.) You should contact AMIA (The
Association of Moving Image Archivists) who have had many of these
discussions on their listserv. Their website is

For anyone interested in the preservation of film, video, audio and just
about any recorded history short of paper, it's a great organization to
belong to.

You can also check Deja.News for discussions of this on alt.movies.silent

Lastly, you can always check with one of the local archives (UCLA or Pacific
Film Archive at U Cal, Berkeley for example) and talk with one of their
archivists. There are several techniques and ideas, but nothing have proven
to cure vinegar syndrome.

Good luck!

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video

In a message dated 8/25/99 6:42:42 PM, writes:

<< Hi Group,
Does anyone know of a way to "salvage" 16mm films which have the "vinegar"
syndrome? Is there some company which can restore these prints? We have
separated out our bad prints and would really like to save a few rare
titles. Any help would be appreciated.

Dave Kirk - Media Specialist & Film/Video Selector
104 McHenry Library, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Voice: (831) 459-2324 Fax: (831) 459-8206
email: URL: >>