Google is in the house

Posted by on Jun 17 2013 | Exploring the Archive, House & Gardens, Motion Pictures, Photography, Technology

This month Google adds more than 1,000 new destinations to experience via street view. It looks like we are one of the first destinations locally (Rochester, N.Y.) to open our doors beyond the street.

the technology vault

This is exciting to us for a few reasons – the first, visitors onsite will now have the opportunity to use their mobile’s to know where they are throughout the house and museum. Secondly, for those that may never come to Eastman House it is an opportunity to invite all to come on in and learn a little bit more about us.
Lastly, we realize as an institution another important aspect for Eastman House is what is going on behind the scenes – our schools (Photographic Preservation and Collections Management & The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation) and students working in the collections, our conservation labs and photo processes and finally, the vaults. We are pleased to reveal our technology vault three floors underground (are we the first museum to do so?)

So feel free to take a drive and look around – make sure to check out the gardens too!

Having also partnered with Google’s Art Project (the cultural institute), we became the first photography museum to open its collections to the world. More information here, here and here.

Eastman House holds nearly 500,000 photographs representing every major process and the work of more than 14,000 photographers. In addition to the photographs, the collection holds important examples of the photograph’s role in our culture over time – including photojournalism, advertising, etc.  The Motion Picture Collection is one of the major moving image archives in the U.S.

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Eastman House is – and always has been – an independent nonprofit institution. We rely on the support of donors, locally and internationally so we can continue to tell the story of photography and motion pictures.

Our new director Bruce Barnes relays our situation honestly, “Frankly, it is a challenge to fund a non-profit institution of our scope in a metropolitan area of one million. George Eastman House has always been an independent, non-profit institution, but the prevailing economic environment has made fundraising more difficult – creating a shortfall at a critical time“.

Thanks for your consideration and above all else take a look!

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Poster Friday

Posted by on Sep 21 2012 | Student Work

Found our Selznick students databasing and archiving old German posters today! Really quite beautiful.



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From Our Vaults To Your Living Room

Posted by on Sep 14 2012 | Motion Pictures

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Barbara Kent as Mary and Glenn Tryon as Jim in "Lonesome."

Our preserved films from the vaults are making their way to your living room, as several titles have been released this year on Blu-ray and DVD. While it’s exciting to know there are 30,000 motion pictures safely housed here at Eastman House, it’s also exciting when they are shared with the world.

The latest home-video release is Lonesome, the 1928 buried treasure from Hollywood’s Golden Age, set in Coney Island over the Fourth of July weekend.

Lonesome is on the big screen tonight at the Andy Warhol Museum and our film preservation officer, Anthony L’Abbate, is in Pittsburgh to introduce the film, a pioneer in early color and talking sequences, made by little-known but audacious filmmaker Paul Fejos. The screening is part of the Warhol museum’s “Unseen Treasures from the George Eastman House” annual series.

In the spring, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other national publications were buzzing about the release of the David O. Selznick Collection on Blu-ray and DVD. The set features high-definition digital transfers from the Selznick estate/personal collection preserved in the vaults at Eastman House. The titles are Farewell to Arms (1932), Bird of Paradise (1932), Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), Nothing Sacred (1937), A Star Is Born (1937), and Made for Each Other (1939).

This fall, the Eastman House collection further adds to your entertainment releasing The Wedding of Palo (1934) and The Penalty (1920), a horror film starring Lon Chaney.

Lonesome is available now at the Eastman House gift shop or at All other releases available at kinolorber.





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