Oz in the News 9.21.19

Grant for George Eastman Museum aims to preserve original films The museum announced the grant on Friday. The $340,615 award will help to support the cost of the preservation project, which is estimated to cost $730,000. A backup generator will need to be purchased, along with an energy recovery system for the climate control system, and passive building enhancements to increase energy efficiency. Approximately 24,000 reels of motion picture prints and negatives, 40,000 nitrate photographic print negatives, and 25,000 frame clippings from nitrate-based film prints are housed in the Louis B. Mayer Conservation Center in Chili. The original Technicolor camera negatives for The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind are among those in the collection. Photo negatives by renowned photographers Lewis W. Hine, Alvin Langdon Coburn, and Edward Steichen are also in the collection dating from 1900 to 1950.

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