ECA Film Project Records 1951-1953
Archives 140

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
ECA Film Project Records
ID
Archives 140
Date [inclusive]
1951-1953
General Physical Description note
approximate 6795 items  3.5 linear feet  7 containers
Abstract
The records are composed of film digests with evaluations, correspondence, reports, subject headings and index, financial statements, publicity material, and other papers. There are lacunae in this collection. Additional material of a later date, photographs, articles, a history of the project, and publicity material have been placed at the end of the records.

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Organizational History:

In February, 1951 the Economic Cooperation Administration, the unit of the federal government designed to administer the Marshall Plan, designated the Office of Technical Services of the U.S. Department of Commerce to select appropriate industrial and agricultural films for use overseas. A State College of Washington official heard of the project and the College submitted the low bid. The project ran from May 24, 1951 to June 15, 1952. By the latter date, over six thousand films had been screened and evaluated. The State College of Washington, a land-grant school featuring agriculture and engineering, as well as a stong audio-visual program, proved to be the perfect location for the project.

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Scope and Contents note

The ECA film project at Washington State University took place in 1951 and 1952, and those are the bulk dates of the records; there are a few items from 1953. The records are composed of film digests with evaluations, correspondence, reports, subject headings and index, financial statements, publicity material, and other papers. There are lacunae in this collection. All but a very few of the digest- evaluations are present, but only a small portion of the correspondence with film suppliers is included.

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Arrangement note

The material is arranged as it was received in 1974 with only negligible changes. There are five series: Film Digests, Subject Access, Correspondence, Office of Technical Services Film Guides, and Other Records and Reports. Additional material of a later date, photographs, articles, a history of the project, and publicity material have been placed at the end of the records.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The Collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the ECA film project were transferred to Washington State University Libraries in July, 1974 and February, 1975 (WSU 192).

Processing Information note

were processed in December, 1983 and January, 1984 by Paul Green.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • State College of Washington. ECA Film Project.
  • United States. Dept. of Commerce. Office of Technical Services. Economic Cooperation Administration. W
  • Washington State University. ECA Film Project--Archives
  • Washington State University. ECA Film Project--Records and correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Performing Arts
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 I Film Digests 

Box Folder

Completed Digests 1-1300 n.d.   1301.0 items

1 1-13

Completed Digests 1301-2600 n.d.   1299.0 items

2 14-26

Completed Digests 2601-4000 n.d.   1400.0 items

3 27-40

Completed Digests 4001-5400 n.d.   1400.0 items

4 41-54

Completed Digests 5401-6200 n.d.   778.0 items

5 55-62

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 II Subject Access 

Box Folder

Subject Headings and Index n.d.   2.0 items

5 63

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 III Correspondence 

Box Folder

Digest Receipts Confirmed 1951   55.0 items

5 64

Digest Receipts Confirmed 1951   51.0 items

6 65

Digest Receipts Confirmed (1952) 1951-1952   32.0 items

6 66

Digest Receipts Going Out 1952   4.0 items

6 67

Duplicates Showing Destroyed and Retained Digests n.d.   35.0 items

6 68

Correspondence With Suppliers (L) 1951-1952   34.0 items

6 69

Correspondence With Suppliers (M-Mi) 1951-1952   66.0 items

6 70

Correspondence With Suppliers (Mo-My) 1951-1952   24.0 items

6 71

Correspondence With Suppliers (N) 1951-1952   86.0 items

6 72

Overseas Reports 1951-1952   10.0 items

6 73

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 IV Office of Technical Services Film Guides 

Box Folder

Technical Film Guides 1951   2.0 items

6 74

Technical Film Guides 1951   6.0 items

6 75

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 V Other Records and Reports 

Box Folder

Employees 1951-1952   15.0 items

7 76

Budget Statements 1951-1953   36.0 items

7 77

Criteria and Film Selection 1951-1952   4.0 items

7 78

Reports and Correspondence 1951-1952   12.0 items

7 79

Correspondence: ECA and Department of Commerce 1951   43.0 items

7 80

Procedures and Contract 1951-1952   10.0 items

7 81

Progress Reports 1951-1952   21.0 items

7 82

Quarterly Financial Reports 1951-1952   6.0 items

7 83

Question File 1951   1.0 item

7 84

Personnel, Facilities, Procedures n.d.   8.0 items

7 85

Film Lists and Correspondence 1953   16.0 items

7 86

ECA Film Project 1952   2.0 items

7 87

Articles and Other Publicity 1951-1952   13.0 items

7 88

Photo File 1952-1966   48.0 items

7 89

Correspondence 1974   3.0 items

7 90

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