Grant Awarded to Preserve World War II Era Color Films

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Winston Churchill in Cuba
Image credit: 
Frederick Anderson

Winston Churchill in Cuba
Image credit: 
Frederick Anderson
The film collection of Frederick Anderson, a US Air Force major general during World War II, includes footage of Winston Churchill and his wife in Cuba, shot on 16mm Kodachrome color stock.

Films from the Frederick L. Anderson Collection at the Hoover Library & Archives will be preserved and made available online thanks to a 2015 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.  The three films selected for preservation were shot by Frederick Anderson, a US Air Force major general during World War II, and include scenes of bomb damage to a German factory, footage of Winston Churchill and his wife in Cuba, and footage of Mary Churchill Soames, Vivien Leigh, and Laurence Olivier christening the B-17 bomber “Stage Door Canteen.” All three films were shot on 16mm Kodachrome color stock.

The grant project to preserve the films will take approximately one year to complete. The films will be made available online and in the Archives reading room upon completion of the preservation work.

The Anderson grant is the fifth that the Hoover Institution has received from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

For additional information, contact Stephanie Stewart at stewarts [at] stanford.edu.