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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (January 15-17, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. We continue our series celebrating the work of the Packard Campus Film Preservation Lab. Thursday, January 15 (7:30 p.m.) Nothing But a Man (Cinema V, 1964) A groundbreaking work filmed during the tumult of the civil rights movement, this […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (January 8-10, 2015)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. We’re starting 2015 by celebrating the Packard Campus Film Preservation Laboratory’s work all month. The process of preserving a motion picture can be a long and tedious endeavor. Repairing old, fragile film frame-by-frame can take weeks, followed by extensive […]

New Year’s Eve with NBC

Within the Library’s NBC Radio History Collection there is an amazing and comprehensive card catalog of network programs, performers and guests from 1930 to 1960. The 8 x 5 inch cards give a complete history of commercial and sustaining programs (programs without a sponsor and with no advertising), performers and artists, and “radio personalities”  including […]

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s First Starring Film Role

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall that the most famous reindeer of all was the creation of a Montgomery Ward copywriter? And did you know we have that celebrity reindeer’s first appearance on film, in a version rarely seen before? In […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (December 18-20, 2014)

The following is  guest post by Jenny Paxson, Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus and the Packard Campus Theater programmer for December. We finish 2014 with a quartet of wonderful holiday films, and as a special added attraction, here’s the trailer for Remember the Night, which will close out the calendar Saturday at 7:30 pm. […]

Gargantuan Graphophone Records

At some point time around the year 2008 the last physical audio format, the cd, seems to have nearly winked out of existence. Its replacement? An army of wispy, intangible files including mp3, .aiff, wave, ogg vorbis, flac and many others.  Of course, many of these formats produce very high-quality audio, and I can now pack a collection of […]