Preservation of Frank Capra’s movie, “The Negro Soldier”. A look at the preservation process from beginning to end.
Created 70 years ago in 1944, “The Negro Soldier,” is a documentary produced by the U.S. Army’s Special Services Division and Hollywood’s famed director Frank Capra. The film represents an early effort by the Army to use film to show the significant contributions of African Americans to the U.S. war effort. In 2011 “The Negro Soldier” was chosen to be preserved in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. This film’s place in history was ensured by the specialized work of the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Office and the Special Media Preservation Laboratory of the National Archives and Records Administration.