SAHARA Highlights: Color Film Emergency Project

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Oct 03, 2019

Several years ago the Color Film Emergency Project (CFEP) was created as a way for the SAH to identify at-risk 35mm slide collections from SAH members. While we identified dozens, there were no resources to store, digitize, or catalog these assets. In 2016, a three-way partnership was developed with the Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art History, at the University of California, Riverside and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, and has grown each year. Collections from several SAH members have been assessed and processed at UCR, and made available through both SAHARA and the Public Collections (open to any user). The contributions contain many images from SAH study tours of the 1970s and '80s, and also capture destroyed or altered buildings and sites. Below are selections from the UCR/Gluck/SAH partnership.

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Piccadilly Circus, London, England. Photo by John S. Stec, 1980.

Wooden house at the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, Turku, Finland, 18th century. Photo by Mary Ellen Sigmond, 1983.

Porta Felice, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.  Mariano Smiriglio, begun 1582, completed 1637. Photo by Damie Stillman, 2007.

Laghu Samrat Yantra, Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, India. Jai Singh II, Maharaja of Jaipur, 1728-1734. Photo by Mary Ellen Sigmond, 1987.

Hokusai Theatre, Seattle, Washington, c. 1850s-1970s. Photo by John S. Stec, 1979.

A detail of corbels at Villino Basile, Palmermo, Sicily, Italy. Ernesto Basile, 1903-4. Photo by Damie Stillman, 2007.

Dwellings in Srinagar-Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India. Photo by Mary Ellen Sigmond, 1987.

Homes along the Thames River, Richmond upon Thames, England, 19-20th century. Photo by John S. Stec, 1980.

A restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, built 1965, demolished 1995.  Photo by John S. Stec, 1982.

Julia Memmia baths, Bulla Regia, Tunisia, ca. 222-235 CE.  Photo by Mary Ellen Sigmond, 1990.

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