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CHM awarded a grant from CLIR to develop the Home Movie Archives Database!

Thanks to CLIR (the Council on Library and Information Resources), the Center for Home Movies has been awarded a one year grant to develop the Home Movie Archives Database. The database will be incorporated with CHM’s Home Movie Registry, both of which exist to try to answer the question “where can I find home movies?”. This directory will allow for potential donors of home movies, scholars, and documentarians to look for relevant films or archives, and the project’s goal is to bring together information on the home movie holdings of as many American archival institutions as possible into one searchable directory. There are a huge number of films in small collections or local history archives that are virtually unknown to the public, the archival field, and the filmmaking and research communities, and we hope to discover these and make them more widely known. The database will merge information that is already online with new efforts to track down organizations that have collected home movies but which have not widely publicized their activities.

Over the next year we will be scouring the country tracking down collections, so if you are an archivist with amateur films in your collection, get in contact with Project Director Dwight Swanson at swanson@centerforhomemovies.org.