October 20, 2003 Library of Congress Announces New Chief of Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division
Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456
The Library of Congress recently appointed Gregory A. Lukow as the chief of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division. “Mr. Lukow’s knowledge of motion pictures, television and sound media, his national leadership in audiovisual preservation, his effective direction of the division and the key role he has played in building the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center make him ideally suited to this critical management position,” said Diane Kresh, director of the Library’s Public Service Collections.
In January 2001 Lukow joined the Library of Congress as the assistant chief of MBRS. Upon the retirement of the division’s chief a month later, he served as head of the division in an acting capacity. In addition to managing the division, his duties included oversight of the planning for the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC), the state-of-the-art archival storage and conservation facility for the Library’s film, television and audio collections in Culpeper, Va.
“I am honored to carry forward with the extraordinary work and leadership of the Library of Congress in safeguarding one of the premiere audiovisual collections in the world,” said Lukow. “I look forward to continuing work with the more than 100 dedicated MBRS Division staff as we implement the unprecedented new capabilities of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.”
The Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division houses the largest and most comprehensive collections of American and foreign-produced films, television broadcasts, sound recordings and radio broadcasts in the world. The Library’s audiovisual collections include more than 3.5 million items and are growing at an average rate of 120,000 items annually. The Library also is responsible for the preservation of more than half of America’s audiovisual heritage.
The NAVCC will enable the Library for the first time to consolidate its existing audiovisual collections within a single, centralized facility that will have room to accommodate 25 years of growth. Currently these collections are housed in seven facilities in four states and the District of Columbia.
Before coming to the Library of Congress, Lukow was the coordinator of Moving Image Archive Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, where he aided in the establishment of the first graduate degree program of its kind in North America. Lukow’s previous experience also includes nine years as the head of the American Film Institute’s National Center for Film and Video Preservation, where he directed all of the institute’s preservation programs.
Lukow was a principal founder of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), serving five terms as its founding secretary and member of its board of directors. For many years he has served as a primary delegate to the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) and as a member of the Archivists Council of Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation. He is currently a member of the founding board of directors of the National Television and Video Preservation Foundation.
Lukow has written and lectured widely on the history and preservation of American moving-image media and has curated a number of film and video exhibitions that have appeared in festivals and museums across the country. In 1997 he co-edited and published “The Administration of Television Newsfilm and Videotape Collections,” one of the first books published in the United States devoted to television preservation. Lukow holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and English from the University of Nebraska and master’s and candidate in philosophy degrees in Film and Television Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.