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Chicago Film Archives (Chicago, IL 60616-1772)
Anne Wells (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Rehousing for the Frank Koza Newsreel and the Robert and Terry Davis Travelogue Collections

The purchase of customized steel shelving for the storage of two film collections that altogether span the 1930s to 1990s. The Frank Koza Collection contains 2,072 newsreel films, the bulk of which covers the 1950s through the early 1970s. A cinematographer who started his career working for Movietone News and later for local broadcast affiliates in Chicago, Frank Koza filmed political stories that included the Republican and Democratic national conventions in Chicago; Midwest campaign footage of Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, and Adlai Stevenson; the 1958 sinking of the USS Bradley in Lake Michigan; and training sessions by sports figures like Satchel Paige, Muhammed Ali, and Willie Mays. The Robert and Terry Davis Collection contains 700 travel film and sound items shot and produced by the husband and wife filmmakers. Among their travels, the Davises filmed in Thailand, Iceland, the Canary Islands, Cyprus, Algeria, Cuba, Guatemala, New Zealand, and Sumatra; some of the footage dates to the 1930s.

This grant would support the purchase of ten archival steel shelving units for storage of Chicago Film Archives' Frank Koza Newsreel Collection and the Robert and Terry Davis Travelogue Collection. The Koza film collection reflects the political and social histories of the Midwest United States from the 1940s through the 1970s. While most of Chicago-area broadcast news outlets got rid of their media after a period of time, Frank Koza, a cinematographer who shot these stories, collected, organized and saved the raw footage. It includes footage of the great sports and political figures from this era. The Robert and Terry Davis Collection reflects the filmic exploration of a number of cultures, geographical landscapes,religious rituals, political transformations and social groups throughout the world. In addition to the hundreds of hours of film footage and audio recordings, there are countless journals, scripts, photographs and newsletters within the collection.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Film History and Criticism

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015