This website celebrates 100 years of Technicolor through highlights from related collections at the George Eastman Museum. The aim is to present an accessible introduction to the technology, people, and films at the heart of the company’s success.
The Technicolor Corporate Archive was gifted to the Eastman Museum in 2009. The archive’s notebooks, dye bottles, research files, cameras, and printing equipment supplemented the museum’s existing holdings of vintage Technicolor cameras and Technicolor film negatives, including the color separation negatives for Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.
As an international film archive and museum, the Eastman Museum is uniquely positioned to tell the story of Technicolor’s first hundred years within the broader context of the history of cinema. The expertise of museum staff and fellows from the University of Rochester enable us to share this important history with the world and to preserve films and artifacts for generations to come.
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 450,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to film preservation and to photographic preservation and collections management.