was created to share with you information about my books, articles, and
projects. Within these pages you will find descriptions,
reviews, indexes, and photos related to each of my published books. In
addition, there are copies of articles that I have been fortunate to
have had published.
I write non-fiction that generally falls into the
history and/or referenced categories. Thus far, all my published works have
been related to the massive historic motion picture collection held in America's
film vault, the U.S. National archives. Why? Well that's a long
story...but the short version is that after 25 years of research, I have
discovered that the vast variety of subjects covered in the 360,000
reels of moving images held in the College Park, Maryland facility of
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) make it truly
unique. The wealth of visual information is almost
overwhelming. This wide-ranging 108,600-plus title film collection, made by
or for "Uncle Sam" along with a healthy sprinkling of donated films, superbly
documents American activities in peace and at war throughout the 20th
century. To me, a vast majority of this footage is Americana, in motion.
However, there is a problem...most citizens of our great country don't even know that this
extraordinary collection even exists, that they can research the collection is free via (at NARA or via the web), and that viewing titles is also free with a visit to College Park. Since most of the titles in the collection are in the public domain and are, therefore, copyright free, some titles are now up on the web. A quick title search may provide you a link for you to watch a viewable copy on-line.
So why do I write? Well, I have got all this knowledge stuck in my head and a ton of research papers in more than a few file cabinets. As I am on the cusp of senior citizenship, I started thinking about what to do with it all. One answer was to do nothing--I would take the knowledge with me to the grave and my kids would take the files to the dumpster. Well, you can probably imagine my practical and emotional response to that idea. After much thought, the only viable option was to spread the word and I chose to write about it...in books, articles, and on this website. That is my motivation. Now you know the rest of the story.
Now that I have been doing this for a couple of years, I found that
there is very little monetary gain in writing reference books. I do what
I do purely out of a love for our country's rich collection of filmed
history, its cinematic heritage, and a strong desire to ensure that it's
preserved for future generations. These films are worth cherishing.
It is also incredibly valuable to know what is in America's film vault and
where to find a copy of it.