One of our very earliest Now See Hear! posts was about our wonderful collection of the copyright descriptions that accompanied films submitted for registration starting in 1912. At the very end we noted “several years ago we digitized many hundreds of the microfilm reels onto which the descriptions were originally transferred, and we’re looking for ways to make those files available online.” And while it may have taken a little longer than expected, we’re pleased to announce that today nearly 6000 descriptions—primarily for films registered between 1917 and 1925—are now available for search and download as a new digital collection.
We’re very excited about this collection, which promises to be a valuable research tool. And it will continue to grow as we fill in gaps and more films come into the public domain. We plan to add many thousands of newly digitized descriptions dating from 1912 in the months to come and once films registered in 1926 enter the public domain on January 1, 2022, we’ll add those descriptions too.
We’ll have another blog post soon about how this all came to be, because it makes for an excellent example of how it takes a village to create a digital collection like this one.