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PW-50498-10

National Film Preservation Foundation (San Francisco, CA 94102)
Annette Melville (Project Director: 07/17/2009 to present)

Treasures V: The West, 1897-1935

The creation of DVD access to silent films on the American West produced from 1897 to 1935, with accompanying program notes.

The National Film Preservation Foundation requests $340,000 to create a 3-DVD set of early films exploring the American West. The anthology will bring together 50 previously unavailable documentaries, newsreel stories, travelogues, industrial films, and narratives revealing the West as it was recorded and imagined from 1897 to 1935. The films will be selected from the preservation work of 6 major American film archives, digitized to industry standards, and presented with audio commentary by scholars, an illustrated catalog, and newly composed music. Building on the critical success of our 4 earlier DVD sets (2 of which were funded by the NEH), the new reference resource will be designed like a museum exhibit in a box. By showcasing film rarities in a convenient format with historical contextualization, Treasures V: The West, 1897-1935 will reclaim long-unseen films for the public and become an important scholarly access and teaching tool in the humanities.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$305,000 (approved)
$305,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2010 – 3/31/2012