Leahy-Authored Legislation To Preserve Historic Film & Sound Recordings To Be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 14, 2016) – Legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to preserve the nation’s most treasured films and sound recordings passed both the Senate and House this week and is on its way to the White House for signature.

The bipartisan Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act, which Leahy introduced with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in May, reauthorizes the National Film Preservation Program and the National Sound Recording Preservation Program.  These programs, operated within the Library of Congress, help preserve historical and cultural artifacts that would otherwise disappear or be destroyed through the passage of time.  The bill also reauthorizes the federally chartered National Film and National Recording Preservation Foundations.

“Films and recordings play a vital role in shaping and recording the American experience, and with the actions taken by Congress this week, we can be sure they are preserved for future generations,” Leahy said. 

The University of Vermont has received grant funding through the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve agricultural experiment films from the 1940s.  Well over 2000 films have been preserved through the Foundation’s grants, including the earliest feature film shot in Vermont, “A Vermont Romance,” from 1916.  Many of the preserved films can now be viewed online.  Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, also received grant funding to preserve home movies made by Robert Todd Lincoln’s descendants. 

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