Category Archives: Digitization

Restoring The True Glory

This post was written by Criss Kovac and Harry Snodgrass. Criss is the supervisor of the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab. Harry recently joined the Motion Picture Lab and is working on a project to preserve and digitize World … Continue reading

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Diary of a Sergeant

Harold Russell is an anomaly in film history. When Russell was cast in the classic film, The Best Years of Our Lives, he had practically no acting experience.  Despite being the only person to win two Academy Awards for the same performance, … Continue reading

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Images of the Week (Lewis Hine)

This week’s post features the documentary photography of Lewis Hine. Local Identifier:  102-LH-523, “Some doffer boys. Macon, Ga., 01/1909”, Photograph by Lewis Hine Local Identifier: 102-LH-136, “Young Driver in Mine. Has been driving one year. 7 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. … Continue reading

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Images of the Week (British Photographs of World War I)

The photographs featured this week come from the series 165-BO, “British Photographs of World War I, 1914-1918”, (National Archives Identifier 533104), which is currently being digitized. Local Identifier: 165-BO-1, “King George of England visits American cemetery near St. Quentin Canal, … Continue reading

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Images of the Week (New Digital Images)

The photographs featured this week come from digital photographic series (born-digital and scans) that are now available or will be available in our Online Public Access (OPA) catalog. They are series 434-LB,  406-NSB and 311-MAD. The photos used for 311-MAD … Continue reading

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Images of the Week (Baseball)

With Major League Baseball’s Opening Day right around the corner, the subject matter this week is Baseball. Local Identifier: 111-BA-1952, “Baseball game between Union prisoners at Salisbury, North Carolina, 1863” Local Identifier: 306-PSD-72-6712, Photograph of a Baseball Game between Boston … Continue reading

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Film Preservation 101: Is Restoration the Same as Preservation?

This post was written by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. In this post, Heidi answers a frequently asked question. … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Geological Surveys

The theme this week is Geological Surveys. Local Identifier: 57-PS-431A, Photograph of the Grand Canyon Looking East from the Foot of Toroweap, Photograph by John K. Hillers (Powell Survey) Local Identifier: 57-HS-188, “Old Faithful in eruption, Yellowstone, 1872”, Photograph by … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam-I-Am: Dr. Seuss’s Private Snafu

With the 110th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birth, we are reminded of his enormous impact on children’s literature. Less remembered, however, was his time spent serving in the US Army’s Information and Education Division. During World War II, Theodor Seuss Geisel … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Construction of Federal Buildings

Photographs featured this week come from the series “Construction of Federal Buildings, 1885-1954″ (121-BCP). Local Identifier: 121-BCP-137C-6, “Photograph of the Foundation of the Department of Justice Building”, July 9, 1932 Local Identifier: 121-BCP-133C-9, “Photograph of the U.S. General Services Administration … Continue reading

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