This session will explore the history of the collection, highlighting the scope and depth of the holdings, and aims to expand the public’s knowledge of the film preservation efforts underway at the New York Public Library. Illustrative examples of "before" and "after" preservation will complement this presentation of 16mm films. With holdings comparable to archives held within major American museums and universities, the Film and Video Reserve Collection is unique among American public libraries.
The collection holds over 6,000 16mm films; 5,000 VHS tapes; and 2,000 DVDs, with a primary focus on independently produced works. Particular strengths of the collection are its political, social, and cultural documentaries; experimental films; video art; animation; short fictional works; and films and videos created by and for children and young adults
This presentation is one in a series of public events sponsored by The New York Public Library Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division as part of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week.