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Camera News, Inc. (New York, NY 10018-2916)
Orinne J. T. Takagi (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Newsreel Collection Preservation Assistance

A preservation assessment of a collection of approximately 60 16mm films stored at the University of Wisconsin. Other portions of the collection are held in New York City.  Produced between 1968 and 1973 by the New York film collective Third World Newsreel, these short, mostly black-and-white films focus on aspects of the civil rights, antiwar, and women’s movements.  The films have contributed to recent documentaries, including Berkeley in the Sixties, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and the upcoming SoundTracks: Songs that Defined History.  They have also been screened at the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Camera News, Inc. requests $7000 (with $1000 for an advanced student) for consultant fees and travel costs to conduct a general preservation assessment to help draft a short and long-range plan for the care and sustainability of its Newsreel 16mm film collection.This project would bring a preservation consultant to the Collection being held at the University of Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research to review and correct its cataloging, and to assess the preservation needs of that portion of the collection, then to assess the remainder of the collection based in New York,and help to produce a short term and long term plan for the future of the entire collection, that includes preservation needs, housing and storage and making the films accessible.The Newsreel Collection is a unique group of films documenting social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, one of the most comprehensive collections of protest and alternative movement documentaries from that time period.

Project fields:
American Studies; Film History and Criticism; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$7,000 (approved)
$7,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2018 – 8/31/2019