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LOC database

PostFri Feb 09, 2018 1:19 pm

I refer to this all the time. It's a great source of info. Many thanks to David Pearce and all who built it/maintain it.

In a recent search for a film that the database said was complete at LOC, I was informed by two LOC sources that the film is not complete (as stated) and only one reel exists.

The direct quote is, "The use of 'complete' in the American Silent Feature Film Database is a default. It should not be taken as accurate information."

Maybe it's just my disappointment driving this reaction, but it strikes me as odd that using "complete" as a default in place of more specific and accurate information is not the best choice.
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Re: LOC database

PostFri Feb 09, 2018 2:33 pm

I had the same experience in using the LOC's American Silent Feature Film Database while trying to locate existing copies of Tom Tyler's silent films. For me, it was 80% accuracy if only because I went straight to the sources (film archives) to confirm they held the listed films.

Given the nature of any physical archives like film, items can be accessioned or deaccessioned at any time (and a film archive can and should be a growing process), and a database like LOC's American Silent Feature Film Database may not always keep up to speed with what happens at every single film archive around the world.

Still trying to locate the missing "Tom's Gang" from Filmoteca Española in Madrid which was apparently never properly deaccessioned (I suspect it was stolen).

But anyways that's just the nature of a physical archive like library, film, or museum.
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Re: LOC database

PostFri Feb 09, 2018 3:37 pm

User beware..... This last instance was the first time I'd run into the database's saying a film was COMPLETE when it wasn't.

OH WELL
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Re: LOC database

PostSun Feb 11, 2018 6:06 pm

The LOC database is a great resource. Kudos to David Pearce and props out to FIAF as well. As with any lists it's a work in progress. Many more films survive than most of us originally thought and it continues to amaze me. Too bad the LOC didn't print update later versions of their Holdings Catalog from time to time. The Holdings book had trailers, incompletes, shorts, films on nitrate, films on acetate. All in all every little bit helps with the locating of the films. I believe the LOC still has the Ask-A-Librarian feature as well as another contact at the MPRR(Motion Picture Reading Room). :)

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