Re: "Vinegar 16mm films"
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 13:02:25 -0700 (PDT)

In a message dated 8/26/99 10:08:10 AM,

<< We isolated ours, ran them through a cleaning machine,
transferred contents to video and handed them over to hazardous
waste dept ASAP. Vinegar syndrome can "travel" to other titles
in your collection and is not fit for man or beast to inhale.
If you are in the archive business you might try UCLA, AMIA,
etc. If you are in the dynamic film and video circulating
business get rid of them just as soon as you possibly can - we
isolated ours by putting them in a plastic bags in a freezer
until they could be taken away. >>

I just want to point out that Dave's original request mentioned the
possibility of "rare" films. I have the horrific vision of libraries running
to storage and throwing away all their films. Absolutely, as Dave did,
isolate all the title that have vinegar syndrome and figure out what might be
unique (every collection should have one or two or more). Then, you should
contact one of the major archives, make sure it's rare or even one-of-a-kind
and then get it to them as soon as possible.

As for the rest of the titles, the above is good advice as well. One doesn't
really need a pan-and-scan print of 2001 that's gone bad.

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video