A fascinating story about the preservation of pre-1951 video recordings.


CULPEPER, VA – April 30
Film Specialist Rich Hincha inspects and repairs film at The Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia Thursday April 30, 2015. (Photo by Jared Soares for Wired.com)

IF THE FILM is rare, highly flammable, and was made before 1951, there’s a good chance it’ll end up on George Willeman’s desk. Or more specifically, in one of his vaults. As the Nitrate Film Vault Manager at The Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, Willeman presides over more than 160,000 reels of combustible cinematic treasure, from the original camera negatives of 1903’s The Great Train Robbery to the early holdings of big studios like Columbia, Warner Bros, and Universal. And more barrels keep showing up every week.

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