Shelf of Film Boxes

The Millersville University – WGAL Media Digitization and Preservation Project is digitizing, preserving, and making accessible a unique and rapidly deteriorating local news 16 mm film archive (1949-1979). 

Boxes which the film was stored in before donated

Located in Archives & Special Collections in McNairy Library at Millersville University, this project has been identified as a model of Inclusive Excellence for the university. Utilizing best practices in the field (AMIAFADGINDSAOAINCSS), the project is creating a community of practice focused on student learning.  An Advisory Group serves as a resource for the project team.

LaserGraphic ScanStationThe Project Coordinator will lead student interns who will learn about every part of the process of digitizing and preserving the 16 mm film (using a Lasergraphics Scanstation) and will collaborate with two additional groups of students participating in the project – students taking 16 mm filmmaking classes (utilizing cameras used in the 1960s) and students who will create lesson plans based on currently inaccessible history contained on the film.  

Our pilot project focuses on digitization and preservation of news film and scripts created during the momentous years of 1968-1970. During this time period, our region experienced race riots and the murder of Lillie Belle Allen in York, PA.

Lillie Belle Allen of York, PA
The Murder of Lillie Belle Allen from York, PA