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Colorado newspapers

More information on digitised newspaper collections. Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection covers newspapers published in Colorado 1859-1923, an amazing 120 titles being available. The site uses the ingenious Olive Software programmes has been adopted by a number of digitised newspaper collections. Just type in your search term, make sure to tick the box marked Search All Publications, then there are various options for refining your search query. Search result provide you with an image of the article in question, which you click to view full size. Results for silent cinema subjects vary. There is plenty to be found searching on Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, precious little on D.W. Griffith or Kinemacolor. Note also that the site works best with Internet Explorer.

Some other American historic newspaper sites out there (which are freely available) include Utah Digital Newspapers (1850-1950) and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1902). Many more such collections are described in the earlier Times past post.

Screen Heritage

Screen Heritage is becoming a key phrase in the discussion about the preservation, dissemination and understanding of moving image history, particularly in the UK. The British Film Institute has announced a Strategy for UK Screen Heritage, with a strategy document published and an invitation for comments (deadline 7 September). This is focussed on the future maintenance and growth of public sector moving image archives. Secondly, a group of museums and archives, headed by the National Media Museum, has formed a Screen Heritage Network, with funding from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council, and an understanding of ‘screen heritage’ which extends beyond moving images to artefacts, documents etc. And MeCCSA (the Media, Cultural Studies and Communications Association) has announced a seminar on screen heritage, taking place on 22 September 2007 at Roehampton University, which aims to bring a focus to the many discussions on-going about the long-term future of the UK’s moving image and screen heritage. There’s a lot going on, and Bioscope readers may be interested to participate or to follow the arguments.