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Film Preservation in Metro Archives: Practice Makes Perfect

Welcome to Post #2 in our series documenting the Metro Archives’ Audiovisual Conservation Center’s Film Conservation Project. Over the next few months, we are engaged in an exciting project to conserve and identify over 400 rare and unique vintage films in the Metro Archives collection. This work will form the foundation for preservation of and access to our collection.

Green film box

Film Preservation in Nashville Metro Archives!

The Metro Archives’ Audiovisual Conservation Center is located at the Main Library in downtown Nashville. We're hosting a new series on the blog documenting our latest project to identify and perform conservation on over 400 rare and unique films from our collection. Welcome to our corner! We hope you’ll follow along with us!

Train wreck near Dutchman's Curve, in West Nashville - July, 1918.

Worst Train Accident in U.S. History

2018 is a landmark anniversary year for many events, including the worst train accident in U.S. history that occurred at Dutchman's Curve in West Nashville, on Tuesday, July 9th, 1918. 

Clipping from the Nashville Banner from the day after W. Haynie Gourley was killed.

50 Years Ago: The Death of W. Haynie Gourley

Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the murder of W. Haynie Gourley, the owner of Capitol Chevrolet on Murfreesboro Rd. Today, this tragedy remains as one of Nashville's most notorious unsolved crimes.

View of Legislative Plaza during the Summer Lights Festival - 1993.

A Celebration of the Heart and Soul: The Summer Lights Festival

In celebration of the Library's Summer Challenge theme of "Being a Reading Rockstar," this month's Nashville history post takes a look back at the arts' festival that used to entertain the streets of Nashville long before Lightning 100's "Live on the Green" was around...

News Clipping from MLK's visit to Nashville in May, 1964.

"Not a Man who Talks, but a Man who Acts"

It's been 50 years this month since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., yet his actions and teachings have lived on every day since. Coincidentally, the date of his actual birthday this year was celebrated on the same day of the holiday honoring him. In honor of his legacy, here's a look back at how his work affected Nashville...

Front cover of Marriage Record Book 1 - an index for marriages that took place between 1789 and 1837

'Tis the Season for Family Research

Around this time of year (February through approximately early summer), Metro Archives tends to see an increase in individuals doing genealogical research. For whatever reason, we welcome the frequency of usage of our genealogy records. Also for this reason, here's a list of our most helpful and commonly-used materials, and some other tips when doing family research. 

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