The National Film Preservation Board has sponsored many projects since its inception in 1988, from reports to online databases to promotional events, all in support of film preservation.
The Library of Congress Film Preservation Tour
The National Film Registry Tour ran between 1995 and 2002, and screened 40 Registry films at theaters in 48 states and Puerto Rico. It featured celebrity guests such as Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, Tony Curtis, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Janet Leigh, Roddy McDowall, Leonard Maltin, Jack Palance, Alfre Woodard and several more. The Library estimates that more than 25,000 classic movie fans attended these special events.
Home Movies Digitization and Access Summit
The National Film Preservation Board sponsored the Center for Home Movies Digitization and Access Summit in September 22-24, 2010. Nearly 50 participants including archivists, librarians, scholars and other sattended the summit, which was held at the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA. The summit engaged the participants on the most pressing issues regarding home movie preservation—the lack of access to the films themselves. Read more about the summit at the Center for Home Movies External including a final report External of the summit.
Moving Image Collections (MIC): A Window to the World's Moving Images
Co-sponsored by a number of organizations including the Library of Congress, the National Film Preservation Board, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and the National Science Foundation, MIC served as a union catalog, archive directory and informational resource about moving images and their preservation, through a portal structure delivering customized information to diverse constituencies. The program was discontinued around 2010, however, the framework External is still viewable. Many of the resources identified through the MIC project exist in other forms including several which can be found here at the National Film Preservation Board Resources and Preservation Research web pages.
Other Past Projects
- American Silent Feature Films, 1912-29: Report, Online Database and Lost Films List
- American Silent Short Films, 1890-1929 Online Database (forthcoming)
- Diversity and Fellowship Pilot Program
- Home Movie/Amateur Film Database
- Local Television Summit
- National Film Preservation Study/Plan
- National Television and Video Preservation Study/Plan
- Photochemical or Digital Preservation/Restoration of Selected National Film Registry Titles
- Small Gauge Film Symposium
- Stewardship of Indigenous Materials in AV Archives: Webinars and Workshop
- Traveling Experts/Archivists Speakers Program