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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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The Other Library

The Other Library

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Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of a national film collection at the Library of Congress, a repository in which the outstanding films of each year could be collected and preserved for posterity. Efforts to achieve this have been ongoing, if fitful. A significant boost to the cause came with the founding of the Motion Picture Project in 1942, a joint program of the Film Library and the Library of Congress funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Iris Barry and a team of experts selected fiction and nonfiction films released in 1942–45; the Film Library acquired and stored the films for the Library of Congress, which handled copyright and other arrangements. The immediate goal of the Motion Picture Project was to reestablish the national collection. By May 1943, Barry had drafted a list of 104 titles of films made in 1942, and by the end of April, 1945, the Film Library had acquired for the Library of Congress a group of features, newsreels, documentaries, and short subjects. Once more the Film Library, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, was at work for the U.S. government.

Keywords:   national film collection, Library of Congress, Motion Picture Project, Film Library, Rockefeller Foundation

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