| 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.