Smithsonian Magazine: Why We Need to Keep Searching for Lost Silent Films

Smithsonian Magazine: Why We Need to Keep Searching for Lost Silent Films. “Because early motion pictures were released on nitrate film, which is dangerously flammable and susceptible to decay—only to become even more flammable as it deteriorates—the majority of these films are no longer with us today. While the exact number of lost films is unknown, a study commissioned by the Library of Congress ballparks the surviving number at a scant 14 percent. These lost films have a resonance beyond film history.”

University of Maryland: Lefty’s Legacy Saved in Digital Collections!

University of Maryland: Lefty’s Legacy Saved in Digital Collections!. “As we continue to celebrate the 100th Season of the Men’s Basketball, devoted Terp fans reminisce on the many standout players and coaches who have come and gone through this program. Over the years, University of Maryland basketball footage has poured in from the athletic department and the private collections of former Terps, and University Archives is excited to announce that we have digitized and preserved footage from the recently inducted Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Coach Lefty Driesell!”

Echo: Digby Fairweather’s bid to save Jazz music’s 30-year ‘blackhole’

Echo: Digby Fairweather’s bid to save Jazz music’s 30-year ‘blackhole’. “The Southend jazz star and CEO of The Jazz Centre UK, needs someone to donate a large space in order to keep a gigantic collection of independently released UK jazz records, which are not being archived in the BBC or the National Sound Archive of the British Library. Digby fears that unless a home is found for the mammoth collection, the history of UK jazz music made between 1980 to date, will be lost in ‘”a black hole’.”

The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday

The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday. “In urgent appeal has been launched to save a huge archive of photographs depicting Venice in its post-war, Dolce Vita heyday, when the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square were frequented by the likes of Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. The archive of more than 320,000 photographs, amassed by a now defunct Italian photography agency called CameraPhoto, depicts world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II, as well as artists such as Dali and Picasso and the American poet Ezra Pound.”

Terrapin Tales: Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History!

Terrapin Tales: Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History!. “Today, as we celebrate the beginning of the 100th season of men’s basketball at UMD, the University Archives embarks on one of its most ambitious initiatives EVER—a project that will digitize and make publicly accessible over 5,000 hours of UMD Basketball footage. This project will cost $500,000, and we will need the support of many fans to preserve this important history.”

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Stabilizing Lacquer Transcription Discs

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Stabilizing Lacquer Transcription Discs. “Audiovisual preservation is a complicated topic, and one we’ve discussed several times on The Bigger Picture. Often times, digitization is the best course of action to preserve the content on at-risk formats, such as ¼-inch open reel audio tapes, compact audio cassettes, or VHS. However, improved housing can also aid in extending the lifespan of audiovisual media until digitization can occur. In 2018, the Archives was fortunate to receive funding from the Smithsonian’s Collection Care Initiative (CCI) for custom housing enclosures for an at-risk format found within the collections – 16-inch lacquer transcription discs. “

Open Culture: Hear Singers from the Metropolitan Opera Record Their Voices on Traditional Wax Cylinders

Open Culture: Hear Singers from the Metropolitan Opera Record Their Voices on Traditional Wax Cylinders. “Vinyl is back in a big way. Music lovers who booted their record collections during the compact disc’s approximately 15 year reign are scrambling to replace their old favorites, even in the age of streaming. They can’t get enough of that warm analog sound. Can a wax cylinder revival be far behind?”