Preservation and restoration of rare films from the Steven Spielberg Archive

The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive was founded in 1969 to collect moving images that record the story of the Jews, to preserve these images, and make them accessible to Jews of all ages and in future generations. Today, the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive is the world’s largest collection of Jewish documentary film footage, holding over 10,000 titles on film and video.

The vaults contain material shot in Israel since 1911, motion picture records of Jewish communities in the Diaspora, a rich collection of Holocaust related films and footage, and a growing collection of non professional films, which document both daily life and historic events in recent Jewish history.  In 1988, the Archive was named in honor of Steven Spielberg in recognition of his ongoing support of the Hebrew University.

In antiquity, the Jews recorded their history on parchment to preserve their story for all time. Today, Jewish history is recorded and preserved in images of light and sound, adding vitality, clarity and emotional import to these records. These moving images will enrich generations to come with an intimate knowledge of their history and heritage, while safeguarding the truths of Jewish history against those who would deny its periods of despair and of triumph.

Yet film is one of the most fragile substances ever used to document human events. Even as these words are written, precious and irreplaceable film footage is disintegrating at the Archive at an alarming rate.

Link to the Spielberg Archive