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last updated: 10/26/2011

NEA Film Digitization Project

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Lon Chaney in The Blackbird, Photograph courtesy of Lilly Library
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In 2004, the Indiana University Digital Library Program received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage and Preservation Program (Media Arts) of $10,000 to digitize a portion of the 16mm David Bradley Film Collection. The Access Policy for the film collection stipulates that whenever possible, users should view video surrogates rather than the 16mm films themselves. Many of the films in the collection are available on video; however, approximately 5% are not.

It is our goal to provide a video surrogate for every title in the collection, either by purchasing commercially-available videorecordings or by transferring the film to video ourselves. We identified a group of films in the collection as our top priority for transfer based upon their importance to film study and scholarship. In order to transfer the largest number of films possible, the Libraries and the Digital Library Program contributed additional funds to the project, enabling us to transfer 129 films (91 hours) to 83 Digibeta master tapes and
DVDs. These films include works by many of the most recognizable names in filmmaking, including Frank Capra, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Harold Lloyd, Oliver Hardy, and Mack Sennett. We also transferred all of the films that Bradley directed himself, including Peer Gynt (1941), made when Bradley was a student and starring a young Charlton Heston in his first film performance. 

The DVDs of these films are available on interlibrary loan to academic borrowers and independent scholars. Indiana University provides access to the films in the David Bradley Collection for instructional and research use only. Any other use, including but not limited to public performance outside a classroom setting, commercial redistribution, publication, or transmission, whether by electronic means or otherwise, without prior written permission of Indiana University is strictly prohibited. 
See left-hand column for a list of David Bradley film titles transferred and available on DVD.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


last updated: 10/26/2011