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Orphaned in the Archive: The Library and Archives Canada 28mm Film Collection

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posted on 2021-06-08, 14:52 authored by Andrew H. Watts
This thesis provides a spreadsheet of the 28mm films held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Consisting of 1,135 film spread over 34 fonds, the collection is one of the largest of both 28mm and government-produced films in the world. Despite LAC promoting the collection as an important part of its audiovisual holdings, current public-facing search options make it difficult for researchers to retrieve or view the 28mm films. With LAC’s mandate in mind, and in order to provide access to these materials, the thesis aims to fill a gap by creating a spreadsheet that acts as an easy access point to the collection Besides producing a comprehensive list of films the thesis briefly traces the history of 28mm film, its importance to early Canadian film, highlights particular films of interest and suggests paths for further research.





  • Master of Arts


  • Film and Photography Preservation and Collection Management

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • Thesis

Thesis Advisor

Steve Moore