Opening the Treasure Chest: National Silent Movie Day | Now See Hear! | Library of Congress

September 29, 2021 by Stacie Seifrit-Griffin

Mary Pickford, Library of Congress

Today we celebrate National Silent Movie Day by opening the treasure chest and sharing some of the resources that the Library of Congress offers to research and expand your interest in these classic and iconic motion pictures.

The American silent feature film era lasted from 1912 to 1929 with nearly 11,000 feature films produced, but sadly today, more than 70% are believed to be completely lost and gone forever.

The Library of Congress has the largest single collection of American silent feature films in the world, although many important titles are also held at other national institutions and universities.

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