George Eastman House holds unparalleled collections, totaling more than four million objects, of photographs, motion pictures, cameras and technology, and photographically illustrated books. Established as an independent nonprofit institution in 1947, it is the world's oldest photography museum and third largest film archive in the United States. The museum is located in Rochester, New York, on the site of the National Historic Landmark house and gardens of George Eastman, the philanthropist and father of popular photography and motion picture film. Learn more at eastmanhouse.org
Conservation and Preservation
George Eastman House is a world leader in photograph conservation and film preservation. The Department of Conservation is home to groundbreaking research in photographic materials. Most recently, research findings related to daguerreotype degradation and its prevention have been presented to the Daguerreian Society and reported in Scientific American magazine.The museum’s film preservation strategies focus on the forgotten works of early cinema and on “orphan films” that would otherwise be lost through chemical decomposition. Past key film restoration projects include Fear and Desire (Stanley Kubrick, 1953); the silent films of Cecil B. DeMille and Georges Méliès; and, more recently, the newly discovered Too Much Johnson (Mercury Theatre/Orson Welles dir., 1938). In addition, the museum holds the original camera negatives of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz (both, Victor Fleming, 1939), as well as thousands of other films cared for by the museum, ensuring their survival for generations to come.
Through its academic and archival training programs, Eastman House educates national and international archivists and conservators, helping to ensure that humanities collections around the world are preserved and accessible. Learn more about the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management program and the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation here.