It is fascinating. Thanks for sharing!
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rob DeLand
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 4:27 PM
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] LOC report "The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912–1929"
I just learned of this report (*Commissioned for and sponsored by the National Film Preservation Board, Library of Congress*) and felt the need to share it here. The PDF is linked here:
At first it may seem silly to bring up silent films on a recorded sound listserve, but the way author David Pierce hunted down original materials and reports on the current state of preservation is fascinating.
The author breaks down survival info by year, by studio, by format, by location today (U.S. archives, foreign archives, libraries, pvt.
collectors). He charts survival rates for complete films vs. one reel missing vs. other breakdowns.
There are terrific embedded images and fascinating case studies, particularly the one on Paramount Pictures - the most successful silent-era studio, and sadly one with a very poor survival rate. I haven't had time to read the whole thing, so I can't speak for what else he presents.
I believe the author's methodology would also work well for studying the survival of early sound recordings, and I hope someone in such a position finds inspiration here.