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by Dr. Ephraim K. Smith
In completing this documentary, Dr. Smith spent several weeks researching the holdings of National Archives II in College Park, Maryland. His primary interests were in the papers of the Department of Agriculture and the Photographic Collection of the Rural Electrification Administration. He also spent some time evaluating motion picture footage taken in the 1920s and 1930s and combat footage from World War II.

Both the Still Photograph and Motion Picture Divisions of National Archives II maintain excellent facilities (copy stands, VCR’s, projectors) for the copying of historical photographs and footage. For those wishing broadcast quality film reproduction, they also maintain a list of approved consultants. National Archives II is a beautiful modern facility located in a secure setting in an attractive wooded area not far from the University of Maryland campus. But it is possible to do a bibliographical search of their holdings through their web site. To access this web site, which also contains a map, local commuting information, a list of nearby lodging, and hours of operation, please click here at www.archives.gov/facilities/md/archives_2.html.

Smith spent several days researching the papers of Pare Lorentz and other New Deal officials in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. This is a wonderful facility, with the Roosevelt Home (”Springwood”) and the Henry A. Wallace Center located on the grounds just a few hundred yards away. For a fact sheet supplied by the F.D.R. Presidential Library, click here. To access their web site, click on www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu. In streaming videos below, Dr. Cynthia Koch, Executive Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, discusses their facilities and what is available in the surrounding area in several streaming video segments below.

Smith and Jeff Forster, VP of Detroit Public Television, visited the holdings of the European Foundation Joris Ivens in the Municipal Archives in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. For information on this foundation, consult their attractive and informative web site (with streaming video) at info@ivens.nl. Mr. Andre Stufkens, Executive Director of the European Foundation Joris Ivens, discusses their work and the holdings of their archives in several streaming video segments below.

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