"We may not realize it, but movies — be they new releases at the megaplex or classics stored on reel-to-reel — need proper care and preservation to guarantee they are not lost to history forever. The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles works to do just that: save pieces of moviemaking history so future generations can continue to enjoy and be educated by these stories. Because, as AFI librarian and archivist Robert Vaughn says, when we lose movies, we lose a bit of ourselves."
Appraisal without acquisition is just wishful thinking. Acquisitions without preservation is just hoarding. Preservation without access is just stockpiling. If you’re doing all these things AND providing access, you’ve got an archives.
Digital archivists: technological custodians of human history
Maryann Belardo is pictured looking through records in the Archives Centers stack area of the National Museum of American History, by Unknown photographer, Photographic print, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit Box Folder Negative Number:
Rene Georgopalis is the local archivist at the Musée Héritage Museum. She doesn’t shy away from being called a history nerd, but she stresses that many people don’t realize the wealth of information and resources that she has available.