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Attention – film inspector!

A sticker on the lid of a red film canister reads: help! each foot of scratched film costs 35 cents. Please wind carefully.

We recently found the following urgent calls for help while processing a 16mm film collection. The collection contains many educational and instructional films. One can only hope the cards reached sympathetic librarians and classroom teachers, and not distracted AV kids (you know who you are!)

Based on the good condition of these films, it looks like the caretakers heeded the advice and treated each print with the TLC they deserved.

 

A form for alerting film distributors if a film needs extra care.

This was by far the most frequent form uncovered in this collection.

 

A form for providing information on a specific film print.

Many of the forms contained blank fields for both librarians and film inspectors. Often, the tasks of collection development, care, and screenings, were performed by one person, who may or may not have been trained to handle film.

 

 

An inspection form for the Heartland Film Library

Collective “weeding” and collection management.

 

A notice requesting borrowers to rewind film.

We must admit: not all the films arrived without a fair share of tape splices.

 

A form provided for documentation of film damage.

Sometimes, you have to be explicit!

 

A card giving instructions on what to do if film breaks.

Note the enthusiastic question marks!!!! Below: the pink card in question.

 

A hand designed note card with blank lines for indicating film damage.

Yes — the film “reels” do look just like hamburgers.

 

A printed card with blank lines to indicate film damage.

Check out the progression from hand-penned to sleek computer graphics on this form.

 

A form for removing unwanted or unusable films from a collection.

More on collective management of the film collections.

The value of educational shorts: artifacts of the age

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Technicolor ad from 1967 Business Screen Magazine courtesy of the Media History Digital Library

We are currently working on a collection which includes many educational and classroom shorts. These films came from a collector, who is said to have watched one film, on film, every day (a collector after our own hearts.) Although often treated as humorous in today’s social context, short educational films from the mid-century and beyond hold great cultural value in what they reveal about shifting American social values and cultural norms.
Major distributors for educational films recently found in this collection include Coronet Films, known for their personal guidance shorts, which instructed youth on social practices. Coronet shorts from the Beginning Responsibility series encountered in this collection reveal the push for balance through behavior modification in post WWII America.

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Courtesy A/V Geeks and archive.org

 https://archive.org/details/lunchroom_ma…

 

Titles from Encyclopædia Britannica Educational Corporation and Journal Films in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s reveal the growing values of science, technology and innovation in the classroom environment: Osmosis and Diffusion, Cavitation and Orbital Shapes and Paths.

The late 1960’s and 1970’s introduce a more relaxed viewpoint on behavior and social roles with films such as Naturally…a Girl (Association-Sterling Films) and Every Family is Special (Encyclopædia Britannica Educational Corporation.)
Some of the most interesting (read: quirky) educational films in this collection come from the Moody Institute of Science. Part of the Moody Bible Institute, the Moody Institute of Science was founded in San Francisco by Irwin A. Moon (Dr. Moon) in 1938 to forward the Moody Institute’s evangelical message. The films, introduced as “A Sermon from Science,” present scientific concepts with a didactic Creationist spin. The films, which often starred Moon as a narrator or participant in experiments, range in titles from subtle (Blind as a Bat) to over the top (God of the Atom.)

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Courtesy of archive.org

 https://archive.org/details/Moody.Scienc…