Charles Guggenheim’s Archive Goes To Missouri Museum

The Missouri History Museum has announced the acquisition of the film archive of Charles Guggenheim (1924-2002), a pioneer of public television, the use of archival footage shot on hand-held cameras, and political film, a form he abandoned in disgust at the oversimplifications and negativity of American political campaigning. Guggenheim was called “the Ken Burns of his day,” a comparison to a figure whose prominence he never shared despite similar accomplishments.The production materials that Guggenheim’s daughter has donated to the Museum date from 1952, during his film apprenticeship in St. Louis, until the late 1980’s, reports St. Louis Magazine.

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