Mary Pickford Foundation & The Library of Congress Partner to Digitally Preserve and Master Mary Pickford Films

Mary from Johanna Enlists

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Library of Congress are now partnering to digitally preserve and master a number of Mary Pickford’s films, utilizing elements housed in the Mary Pickford collection at the Library of Congress and at the Mary Pickford Foundation’s collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Packard Humanities Institute.

Using the most recently restored and highest quality film elements, selected titles will be scanned in 2K and 4K by the Library of Congress digital team. Films chosen for scanning are Cinderella, Rags, Pride of the Clan, Poor Little Rich Girl, and M’liss, along with one Jack Pickford film. They will also be scanning seven American Biograph short films and some rare home movies. The Mary Pickford Foundation will then complete the digital work to master these titles for release.

Johanna Enlists and Tess of the Storm Country ’22 will be scanned in 2K High Definition, with all digital work to be completed by the Library of Congress’s Motion Picture Conservation Center’s digital team in cooperation with the Foundation.  The Library of Congress will also digitally preserve, and master two titles produced by Mary Pickford and directed by D. W. Griffith, Lady of the Pavements and Drums of Love.

The Pickford Foundation will finalize the work on all titles and produce original, modern scores to be synced to the films for worldwide distribution. All meta-data will be stored at the Library of Congress facility in Culpepper, Virginia.

The Library of Congress will also be upgrading and preserving selected film elements from the Mary Pickford Foundation’s collection.