In August 1994, Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, announced public-private sector agreement on a new national strategy to save American films and make them more accessible to the public. This action plan, Redefining Film Preservation, prepared in consultation with the Librarian's advisory group, the National Film Preservation Board, was the product of six months of negotiation among archivists, educators, filmmakers, and indu stry executives. The plan recommends several key actions including:
The plan, which builds on Film Preservation 1993, the Librarian's fact-finding study published last year, was submitted to Congress, as directed by the National Film Preservation Act of 1992. Copies are available for purchase from the Govern ment Printing Office (by phoning 202/512-1800 publication stock number 030-000-00259-8) and will be available on the Internet in the near future. Note: Copies are no longer available for purchase. The published document includes discussion papers by the Librarian's five planning groups.
Dr. Billington expressed his belief that the collaborative planning process, unprecedented in American film preservation, signals a new era of cooperation among the industry, archives and educational community. "We need private support to achieve bro ad public goals....To redefine film preservation, we must redefine the relationships among archives, the entertainment industry, the educational community, and the general public and find ways to forge a widely beneficial program."
The Librarian of Congress is now working with the National Film Preservation Board to implement the plan.
Participants in the planning process:
A limited number of complimentary copies of the film preservation plan remain. To obtain a complimentary copy of the film preservation plan, email your request (including address) to: [email protected]