Louisville Scenes in 'Reel' Trouble

The Filson Historical Society

34% of $2,369
$1,554 of $2,369 to go
Terms and Conditions

About This Project

Three film canisters labeled "Louisville Scenes" have been at The Filson since the 1940s, and we've never had the opportunity to view them! This exciting project is part of our larger effort to digitize and distribute the valuable material in our archives, sharing it online for all researchers to enjoy. These reels are deteriorating quickly and need immediate attention before we lose this historical resource forever.

We need your help to preserve these unique and significant scenes of life in our city from the late 1920s-1930s! Your support will allow us to digitize and preserve three reels of never before seen footage of 16mm reel-to-reel film from one of our many collections.

These reels are part of a larger collection donated by Judge Arthur Earle Hopkins (1881-1944) whose other films record his travels across the United States and Europe during the early part of the 20th century. Hopkins was a prominent Louisville, Kentucky attorney, judge, 1941 mayoral candidate, and president of the Board of Aldermen at the time of his death. The project will restore these deteriorating films, and provide The Filson with digital copies to archive and share with the public.

We can't wait to see what wonderful things Mr. Hopkins preserved in these three films, simply labeled "Louisville Scenes"!

Join us in uncovering this historical mystery!


  • Inspection and cleaning of the film: $75/hour
  • Film Transfer rate: $500
  • Additional Format (use and preservation copies): $130
  • Total cost per film: $705
    • Three Films = $2,115
    • Administrative fee: $254
  • Project Total: $2,369

Donor Benefits

  • A thank you letter from The Filson
  • Recognition in our publications
  • An invitation to attend a screening to view the restored films