Archives News: The Library of Congress Celebrates Home Movies

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Archives News: The Library of Congress Celebrates Home Movies

It looks as though film scholars are figuring out what genealogists already knew: home movies are very evocative. A “home movie summit” was held at the Packard Campus of the Library of Congress in Culpeper, Virginia. The Packard Campus Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation is a state-of-the-art facility for the preservation of film, a 2007 gift from David Woodley Packard, the son of one of the founders of Hewlett-Packard.

A similar home movie workshop held last weekend in Ireland at University College Cork called “Saving Private Reels.”

Read more about the conference here.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

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  1. clairz 27 September 2010 at 5:15 PM

    I have some home movies on 8 mm. film from the 1940s. I’ve finally found the right place to transfer them for me to DVD. I can’t wait to see the results, as I have no way to look at them now.

    My husband’s family had an old home movie transferred to a VCR tape, and he has just converted it to a digital file and will put it on DVD after adding an audio track with his comments. The old cars! The people and their clothes! Leisure time activities! It’s a real treasure and a peek back into the 1950s.

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