Expanding the Technicolor Online Research Archive

Material Description

The Technicolor Online Research Archive currently holds 40,000 digitized documents from the George Eastman Museum. This project will expand the archive to hold digital images of documents, photographs, and technology dating from 1913 to 2000, including the remaining 87% from the Technicolor collections at the Eastman Museum, and significant documents from the Margaret Herrick Library and the Smithsonian Institution. These unique collections encompass business, financial and technical documentation, photographs, and motion picture filming, processing, and printing equipment used to accomplish the company’s signature dye-transfer printing process. The George Eastman Museum cares for nine sub-collections, collectively grouped as the Technicolor Research Archive. These collections include Technicolor documentation, technology, and photographs donated by the Eastman Kodak Company; Technicolor; the family of Dr. John M. Andreas; Karl Thiede (Bill Gleason interviews); Frank J. Ricotta; Dr. Richard J. Goldberg; and purchases recently made by the museum. Linda Mehr, Director of The Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, and Shannon Perich, Associate Curator for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., have each agreed to provide the Eastman Museum access to their significant Technicolor related collections for the purpose of digitization and online publication. These collections include Technicolor documentation and technology donated by Technicolor, the Estate of Tom Tarr, Clara Nielsen, Ronald Haver, and Daniel F. Comstock.


George Eastman Museum, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, will expand its Technicolor Online Research Archive (TORA), begun in 2015 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through which 40,000 objects have already been digitized. This project supports digitization and online access of an additional 260,379 Technicolor documents from the collections of the three institutions, dating from 1913 to 2000. This free, web-based resource will be available to researchers, academics, and historians to study, understand, and appreciate the tremendous influence that Technicolor had on filmmaking and popular culture during the 20th century. Project activities will commence in January 2018 and will be completed by December 2020.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



George Eastman Museum


  • Mr. Jared Case (George Eastman Museum)
  • Ms. Nancy Kauffman
  • Ms. Caroline Yeager

Collaborating Institution(s)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library; Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Date Range

1913 - 2000

Geographic Scope

The nominated Technicolor collections originated in the following geographic regions: California, China, Delaware, Florida, Italy, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and London, UK.


  • 260379 Mixed Archival Collections