Reviewing 16mm film for library checkout


Librarian Elizabeth Hill and Portland banker Walter M. Cook look over 16mm film that Cook donated to Central Library. The library made the film available to groups or organizations, specifying that no admission fee could be charged. Cook, vice president of the United States National Bank, donated the gift, known as the Walter M. and Louise Hoyt Cook film library. The original gift included sixty-five films on general subjects ranging from travel to atomic energy. This photograph appeared in the Sunday January 11, 1948 issue of The Oregonian (p. 25), along with an article. On the back of the photo is the caption taken from this publication: 'Elizabeth Hill, librarian, and Walter M. Cook, Portland banker, look over 16mm. film the library will start lending to organizations Monday. Bequest from Cook made project possible'.

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16mm film loan request for educational seminar screening

Dear library representitive, I'm an educator looking to borrow a 16mm documentary film produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and Elizabeth Patapoff in 1982 entitled A SEARCH FOR VANISHED PEOPLE. It is about the ancient people of Oregon. Thank you for your time and consideration. I'd like to borrow it for an educational seminar and screen it for my students. Have a happy holiday season. Sincerely, Daniel Clark 

Dear Daniel Clark,

Dear Daniel Clark,

Hello and thanks for your question!  Multnomah County Library no longer has a collection of 16 mm films, unfortunately.  However, you may be able to use the library's Interlibrary loan service  to request a copy of A Search for Vanished People in DVD format.  Several libraries around the country have copies, and one of them may be willing to lend it. 

If you need the film in 16 mm format specifically, that may be much harder to obtain!  The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) Library has a copy of A Search for Vanished People 16 mm format.   OHS is not a lending library, but you may be able to purchase a 16 mm format copy of the documentary from them.  If you'd like to investigate that possibility, you can contact the OHS library staff at or 503-306-5240. 

I hope this is helpful, but of course if you have more questions, please ask.  The best way to get your questions to us is to contact us by email or chat from the library website, or call 503-988-5123.  


Emily-Jane Dawson, reference librarian 

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