A Selected Archive for Public Presentation
The project collection includes extensive written documentation, administrative papers, printed materials, and collected ephemera; 15,000 color transparencies and as many black-and-white negatives; 150 hours of sound recorded interviews; four hours of l6mm motion picture film; one hour of historic motion picture footage (copied to video); and 10 hours of video recordings. All of this material together with a complete project inventory is available to researchers in the Center's Folklife Reading Room at the Library of Congress.
During 1983-85, materials were selected from the project collection for a laser videodisc, including18 motion picture clips, 20 short video programs, 28 sound recordings, and 2,400 still photographs. In its first version, the disc provided an interactive video display in the 1983 Library of Congress exhibition The American Cowboy and, in its final form two years later, it became a publication of the American Folklife Center [The Ninety-Six: A Cattle Ranch in Northern Nevada. Washington, D.C., American Folklife Center, 1985.]. The disc was edited by Carl Fleischhauer and Jay Orr, a consultant to the American Folklife Center, and produced by MetaMedia, Inc., of Germantown, Maryland. The content and structure of the videodisc forms the basis for this online collection.