Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Preserving Historic Films

The National Film Preservation Foundation site offers online access to examples of its preservation work. Three of these films document the history of women:

Wohelo Camp (ca. 1919) (Northeast Historic Film), a promotional film about the pioneering all-girls summer camp in Maine, includes footage of the girls involved in a variety of activities: jewelry making, pottery, canoeing, cooking, gardening, and horseback riding.

Manhattan Trade School for Girls (1911) (George Eastman House) This  promotional documentary film (16 min., 10 sec) includes footage of students playing basketball, dancing, cooking, sewing, and making hats. Jennifer M. Bean's commentary provides historical context throughout the film.

A Trip through Japan with the YWCA (ca. 1919) includes footage of women in traditional occupations,  fleeting images of workers outside a textile factory, and scenes with Ainu women (pictured at left). For background on the Ainu, see Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People (Smithsonian Institution in Association with University of Washington Press, 1999).

1 comment:

Noraleen said...

Check out Girl Scouts of the U.S.A -- They have placed a number of their historical movies and PSAs from 1918 to recent years online. The earliest, The Golden Eaglet, was approximately a 20 minute film, written to introduce girls to the Girl Scout program. While written with a script and with plenty of dramatic highlights, it does reflect perceptions of girls and how one program could help them contribute to their community.