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[ARSCLIST] Bill O'Farrell

William S. "Bill" O'Farrell
August 30, 2008

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   From: Nancy Marrelli <Nancy.Marrelli [at] concordia__ca>
   Date: September 3, 2008 4:21:00 PM EDT

   This posting appeared on the Canadian archival listserve and I
   thought it would be of interest to AMIA members.


Posted on behalf of Rosemary Bergeron and Yvette Hackett

   William S. "Bill" O'Farrell, former head of Moving Image and
   Audio Conservation at the National Archives of Canada, passed
   away in Ottawa, Ontario at age 54 on Saturday, August 30, 2008.
   Bill worked at the National Archives from 1975, until his
   illness forced him to leave his position in 2002.

   Over the years, Bill served as a mentor to many in the film
   archive profession in Canada and elsewhere.  He will be
   remembered for his enthusiasm, imagination, knowledge and sense
   of humour.

   He began his career in moving images with Crawley Films and the
   federal Department of Urban Affairs. In 1975 he joined the
   Public Archives of Canada as a film vault technician. He quickly
   became responsible for the management of all film preservation
   projects at the archives. During Bill's tenure he oversaw
   numerous film restoration projects, including 550 reels of
   silent-era films excavated from Dawson City, Yukon Territories;
   the Flaherty collection of vintage 1896 Edison nitrate; the
   complete set of 106 Canadian Army Newsreels; and the oldest
   surviving copy of the Canadian feature film Back to God's
   Country. Sam Kula, the former director of the National Film,
   Television and Sound Archives of the Public Archives of Canada,
   acknowledged in his posting to the AMIA listserv on Saturday:
   "whatever success we had in building a national collection of
   moving images for all Canadians was due greatly to his efforts."

   Bill also lectured at conferences and seminars, gave numerous
   workshops and wrote on the subject of audio-visual preservation.
   Bill was an active member of the Association of Moving Image
   Archivists (AMIA). With AMIA he served as a member of the
   Executive Board and also chaired its preservation and awards
   committees. He served as an advisor to various film archives in
   Canada and the United States, including Northeast Historic Film
   and the Chicago Film Archives. He was one of the recipients of
   the 1997 Film and Video Preservation Honors from the Anthology
   Film Archives of New York, in recognition of his dedication and
   efforts in the field of film and video preservation.

His loss will be felt in audio-visual archives around the world.

   Rosemary Bergeron and Yvette Hackett
   Library and Archives Canada/Bibliotheque et archives Canada

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