Share in our discoveries across three projects as we work to provide the first intellectual access to our hidden treasures relating to work and labor in early 20th Century New England, the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair and its period, and Boston local TV news.

Intellectual Access to Moving Images of Work Life, 1916-1960

Completed in January 2011, this project brought about the creation of descriptive records for 50 film collections (8mm, 16mm, 35mm) identified as significant moving image archival documents relating to work and labor in the first half of the 20th century. The reels selected for the project held hidden research materials—with a range of cataloging requirements—from among NHF's 800 collections. Examples of the materials to be described include a 1921 film depicting small boats by marine architect Norman Skene (author of Elements of Yacht Design); workers in the A.S. Hinds cosmetics factory in Portland, Maine, by Charles B. Hinds; and film from the American Writing Paper Company, Holyoke, Mass., intertitled in Spanish and English by Visugraphic Pictures.

Finding aids for these collections are available online at

Funding for this project was provided through the Council on Library and Information Resources program, Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives.