George Eastman Statue

The University of Rochester and George Eastman House have a long history of collaboration in both teaching and research.

Since as far back as 1966, Eastman House curators and UR faculty have been teaching film courses on both campuses. In the 1970s, a joint UR–Eastman House committee received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a film studies curriculum at the University using Eastman House archives. Since that time, teaching on both campuses by Rochester faculty and Eastman House curators has continued in the areas of film and media studies, art history, and other disciplines.

Beginning in 2005, UR faculty and Eastman House personnel collaborated on a master’s degree in motion picture preservation. The Selznick Master’s Degree Program in Film and Media Preservation, administered through the UR English Department, incorporates academic coursework with training in archival practice, inspecting and repairing motion picture prints, identifying preservation processes, and developing film programming schedules. 

The film and media preservation program, the first of its kind in the country, has sent more than 100 specialists into the field of film preservation. It is a model and standard-bearer for similar training programs at other institutions.

On the research front, a team of researchers from UR and Eastman House received NSF SCIART funding to investigate preservation techniques for daguerreotypes. Their work has been featured in Wired magazine and Scientific American, as well as in academic journals.