How to archive a 16mm film of an RCA 501

Bob Rosenbloom bobalan at
Sat Feb 3 23:30:13 CST 2007

Thanks for all the suggestions. This film definitely needs professional 
attention and may be too far gone to save, but I will try.
I've contacted the National Film Preservation board, and also SMPTE for 
their ideas., but would still be interested in talking to others. Jim, 
please contact your film editor and have him contact me, I get down to 
LA all the time so could bring the film down there to have someone 
evaluate it if I can't find someone local.

One problem is I don't know what the film actually contains, if it's 
really interesting at all. It needs to be viewed, even if it's one frame 
at a time on a Movieola type machine, to see what it's actually about. 
Could be just an ad for RCA that mentions the 501, but with the label 
"RCA 501 demonstration" on the cover it's sure worth a look.


National Film Preservation Board

jim wrote:

> Richard wrote:
>> In article <Pine.GSO.4.55.0702022327210.8730 at>,
>>    David Griffith <dgriffi at>  writes:
> I have a film editor who works for NBC in los angeles.  If you would 
> like for
> me to contact him, I'll do so and connect you to him.  He also 
> collects film
> industry memorabilia, and probably can connect you with someone who can
> restore nitrate substrate film.  This should be done asap, as it may 
> already
> be too far gone to be restored if it is putting off acetic acid 
> fumes.  this is
> just one component of decaying substrate, and is the one which erases the
> image from the film.
> Remember, the image is not a dye image totally but may contain silver 
> which
> is very reactive, and having acid fumes present from decaying 
> substrate doesn't
> make for a long time line to act to save it.
> jim

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