American Silent Feature Film Database
From the report “The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929”
This project was commissioned by the Library of Congress Packard Campus, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, and the National Film Preservation Board. I thank Patrick Loughney, Stephen Leggett, Gregory Lukow, Mike Mashon, Donna Ross and Rob Stone for their support and assistance.
An early version of the database associated with this essay was developed over many years by Dr. Jon Mirsalis. His support of this project is appreciated. Clyde Jeavons and Roger Smither provided the opportunity to present an earlier version of this research at the 2000 FIAF Congress in London.
Numerous archivists provided information for this project: Michael Pogorzelski, Thelma Ross (Academy Film Archive), Ed Stratmann, Caroline Yeager, James Layton (George Eastman House), Zoran Sinobad, Rosemary Hanes, Josie Walters-Johnson, James Cozart and George Willeman (Library of Congress), Ron Magliozzi, Katie Trainor (Museum of Modern Art), Nancy Goldman (Pacific Film Archive), Jan-Christopher Horak, Todd Weiner (UCLA), Elaine Burrows, Olwen Terris (BFI/National Film and Television Archive), Ronald Grant (Cinema Museum), Vladimir Opela (Národní Filmovy Archiv).
I appreciate the support, past and present, of many archivists, scholars, and collectors including Rita Belda, Schawn Belston, Gordon Berkow, Robert S. Birchard, Eileen Bowser, Serge Bromberg, Dan Bursik, Rusty Casselton, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Grover Crisp, Susan Dalton, David Francis, Robert Gitt, Herb Graff, Eric Hoyt, Ed Hulse, Larry Karr, Marty Kearns, Richard Koszarski, Audrey Kupferberg, Ted Larson, Rob McKay, Leonard Maltin, Madeline Matz, Bill O’Farrell, Bob O’Neil, David Parker, Eddie Richmond, Richard Scheckman, Sam Sherman, Anthony Slide, Paul Spehr, Jack Theakston, Karl Thiede, Kim Tomadjoglou and Joe Yranski. For information on 9.5mm, my thanks to contacts in Britain, including Patrick Moules and Tony Saffrey. My assessments of 9.5mm releases rely on the research of David Wyatt and Garth Pedler. My appreciation to Scott MacQueen for sharing his experience and insight.
I also thank the archivists who acquired many of the films, worked for their preservation and made them accessible to the wider public. And special acknowledgement to Kevin Brownlow, James Card, Paul Killiam, and David Shepard.
The Library of Congress thanks the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) for allowing use of key holdings data from its Treasures from the Film Archives database, the primary source of information regarding silent film survival in the archival community. This fundamental component of the American Silent Feature Film database has been enhanced by information the Library has collected from corporations, libraries and private collectors. We will augment this database through annual updates as we increase our knowledge of which films survive, and where. Founded in Paris in 1938, FIAF is a collaborative association of the world's leading film archives, which is dedicated to the preservation of, and access to, the world’s film heritage. Its 155 affiliated archives in 75 countries collect, restore, and exhibit films and cinema documentation spanning the entire history of film.
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December 2013 (updated November 2015)