The Foundation’s grants program targets newsreels, silent-era films, documentaries, culturally important home movies, avant-garde films, and endangered independent productions that fall under the radar of commercial preservation programs.
The awards support the creation of film preservation masters and two access copies of each work. Films that win NFPF grants eventually become available to the public for on-site research and wide exhibition through screenings, museum installations, DVDs, television broadcasts, and the Internet.
Since Congress created the Foundation in 1996, it has helped save more about 2,000 films held by 253 institutions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The NFPF makes grants with federal money provided through the Library of Congress, and is the charitable affiliate of the Library’s National Film Preservation Board. For its operational and project funding, it raises funding from other sources. The NFPF also publishes the award-winning Treasures from American Film Archives DVD series and organizes international projects to preserve and make available copies of “lost” American silent era films found abroad.
The Boy Mayor was a silent theatrical film directed by Henry, a Hollywood pioneer who directed over 140 films between 1913 and 1933. The Nestor Film Company produced the film; Universal Film Manufacturing distributed it. While not the first theatrical film produced in Oregon, it depicts a rare facet of Oregon history: Portland was reputedly the only city in the world at the time with a legalized form of juvenile government operating in conjunction with the regular municipality. The program aimed to lessen juvenile delinquency. Eugene J. Rich, the Boy Mayor of Portland, and his private secretary, Earl Goodwin, played themselves.
- Alabama Department of Archives and History
- Anthology Film Archives, New York
- California State Archives
- Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pennsylvania
- Center for Home Movies, California
- Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum
- Council Bluffs Public Library, Iowa
- Exploratorium, California
- George Eastman House, New York
- Indiana University
- Kartemquin, Illinois
- Montana Historical Society
- Ohio State University
- Oregon Historical Society
- Trisha Brown Dance Company, New York
- UCLA Film & Television Archive, California
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
- University of Virginia
- Verde Valley Archaeology Center, Arizona