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MacDonald Collection

Film Collection | Accession Number: 2016.568
Collection Summary
J. Fred MacDonald, a longtime professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University until his retirement, amassed one of the world’s largest personal collections of films: 40,000 reels of film, as well as 40,000 hours of recordings of radio broadcasts. This collection, with its huge diversity, reflected the scope of MacDonald's interests and imagination. The Library of Congress purchased the collection in 2010 and is gradually processing it. The collection is famous for its variety and has been characterized as “a bottomless well of oddities." MacDonald published six books, including "Blacks and White TV: African Americans in Television Since 1948"; "Television and the Red Menace: The Video Road to Vietnam"; and "Don’t Touch That Dial! Radio Programming in American Life from 1920 to 1960." He made much of his work freely available in online reproductions. Fred MacDonald died on 9 April 2015. He was 74.
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Trial and hanging of German war criminals; US Army returns home

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1949 | Film ID: 4254

Event:  October 1945 to March 1946

Military chaplains

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1950 | Film ID: 4255

Event:  1945

Family home movies of Germany; election poster; boat ride

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1951 | Film ID: 4256

Event:  1933-1938

Boy celebrates birthday; bathes; visits park

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1952 | Film ID: 4257

Event:  1937-1938

German family in city, riverboat tour

Film | Accession Number: 2016.568 | RG Number: RG-60.1953 | Film ID: 4258

Event:  1938-1939
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:30:55
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