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American Film Institute (Los Angeles, CA 90027-1625)
Sarah Blankfort Clothier (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Women They Talk About

The enhancement of 6,000 records in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, for silent films released from 1910 to 1930, as well as the upgrading of the catalog database to identify 500,000 name credits by gender, covering the first one hundred years of film history from 1893 to 1993.

The American Film Institute (AFI) upholds the first tenet of its mission -- to preserve the history of the motion picture -- through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative online resource documenting the first century of American film (1893-1993). AFI respectfully requests a three-year $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a landmark project to enhance documentation for 6,000 films released from 1910 to 1930, completing the historic record of the silent era in the AFI Catalog, and, in the process, expanding scholarly and public understanding of women’s foundational role in the creation of the cinematic art form. The initiative will also include technological upgrades making possible the evaluation of the database’s 500,000 personal name credits by gender, providing previously unavailable data to inaugurate a cardinal study of gender parity in the first century of American film.

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Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Women's History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 12/31/2022