Film Preservation Study

The four-volume report is the first comprehensive look at American film preservation. Information was gathered through hundreds of interviews and library research, as well as public testimony and written statements from over 100 organizations and individuals. Volume 1 contains the report, while volumes 2 and 3 contain transcripts of public hearings held by the National Film Preservation Board.

  • Overview Fewer than 20% of American silent films still survive in complete form; and for American films produced before 1950, half no longer exist. Even post-1950 films face danger from threats such as color-fading, vinegar syndrome, shrinkage, and soundtrack deterioration.
  • A Study of the Current State of American Film Preservation: Volume 1 Motion pictures of all types are deteriorating faster than archives can preserve them, according to a comprehensive study released on June 25, 1993 by the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington.
  • Los Angeles Public Hearing: Volume 2 Film Preservation 1993: A Study of the Current State of American Film Preservation Volume 2: Hearing Before the Panel of the National Film Preservation Board Hotel Sofitel Ma Maison Los Angeles, California February 12, 1993
  • Washington, D.C., Public Hearing: Volume 3 Film Preservation 1993: A Study of the Current State of American Film Preservation Volume 3: Hearing Before the Panel of the National Film Preservation Board Library of Congress Washington, D.C. February 26, 1993
  • Written Submissions: Volume 4 Written statements submitted for the Study of the Current State of American Film Preservation.