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George Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY 14607-2219)
James Layton (Project Director: July 2014 to April 2015)
Jared Case (Project Director: April 2015 to present)

Technicolor Online Research Archive

The creation of a digital resource that would provide access to an archival collection of 35,000 records from the corporate history of Technicolor, with an emphasis on the period from 1915 to 1955, documenting business decisions and scientific research that led to unique processes to record and project moving images in color.

George Eastman House will create a Technicolor Online Research Archive that will allow access to its vast and significant Technicolor collection. This free, web-based resource will be available to researchers, academics and historians to study, understand and appreciate the tremendous influence that Technicolor had on film making and popular culture during the 20th century. In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science’s Margaret Herrick Library and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, we will make important documentation, photographs, and equipment accessible for the first time in a comprehensive, annotated digital format. The project goal is is to digitize and make available online 35,000 core artifacts from the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation history from 1915 to 1955. Project activities will commence in May 2015 and will be completed by November 30, 2017.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 7/31/2018