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Title: Moving images: Conservation and preservation
Author(s): Dalton, Susan
Subject(s): Preservation of moving images Conservation of moving images
Abstract: October 6, 1993 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. copyright registration of a motion picture. It was registered under the title Edison Kinetoscopic Records, but there is no known copy of the film, nor is it known what images it contained. That this significant first in film history did not survive is not only symbolic of the fate of thousands of films in the past, but also of that which may yet await the majority of the moving images produced today. Although the chemical composition of nitrate motion picture film is inherently unstable, in many ways a greater threat to the survival of these films was the attitude of producers and public alike. Films were considered as mere entertainment with no importance beyond immediate commercial exploitation. As a result of many years of deliberate destruction, neglect, fire, and deterioration, over half of the motion pictures produced before 1951 no longer exist.
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In K.L. Henderson and W.T. Henderson (eds) Conserving and preserving material in nonbook format (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute November 6-9, 1988): 61-72.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (30th : 1988)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/577
ISBN: 0878450807
ISSN: 0536-4604
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-04-10
 

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