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ORDERING VIDEO AND FILM COPIES FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES (NARA)
An ordering packet is available from NARA with info on how to order
copies. It can also be downloaded from the nara.gov website. Government
advice can be a bit cumbersome. Thus I offer this
- take out the Item Approval form (2 pages) and make a xerox for
- fill in all of the information requested on the top portion
- fill in column 1 with the archive number (BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE
DOUBLE-CHECKED THE INFO BY COMPARING MY LOG TO THE SLATES ON THE
VIEWING COPIES) EX: 200 UN 2-45-3
- fill in column 2 with a word or two EX: “helicopters” or “riots”
- fill in column 3 TYPE OF COPY with what you want EX: beta SP
- limit each order to 25 reels .... A multi-reel film must be
listed reel by reel
- FAX to the number listed at the top of the form
- telephone one of the labs in the NARA list and tell them what you
have faxed to NARA; your technical
specs; your payment arrangements; and your FEDEX #.
- when you get the Item Approval back from NARA (it will now have
the running times and rights status of each reel) ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK
THE ARCHIVE NUMBERS AGAINST YOUR ORIGINAL ITEM APPROVAL!
- FAX the new Item Approval to the lab .....
OR ask NARA to return your Item Approval via email and then
email it to the lab.
A)VIDEO COPIES: the typical reel from NARA runs 10 minutes and
a betaSP copy runs
about $100. Longer reels are more. PAL is more. If the source is video,
it is less
B) FILM COPIES: copies to film are significantly more
expensive. Only Bono Labs and ColorLab do film-to-film.
C) from the time that the lab gets your approved Item Approval,
expect at least a two week turn-around. If you are in a rush, talk to
Miracles do happen!