America's Film Vault By FIilm-Sleuth Phillip W. Stewart Wins The Silver Medal

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America's Film Vault: A Reference Guide to the Motion Pictures Held by the U.S. National Archives was awarded the Silver Medal in the Reference Category by the Military Writers Society of America Book Awards for 2009.

PMS Press is pleased to announce that "America's Film Vault: A Reference Guide to the Motion Pictures Held by the U.S. National Archives," was awarded the Silver Medal in the Reference Category by the Military Writers Society of America 2009 Book Awards.

Author Phillip W. Stewart expressed his appreciation. "I am honored. Rarely does a non-fiction book of this narrow of scope and subject matter receive this high level of praise."

America's Film Vault reveals a treasure trove of over 360,000 film reels documenting the 20th Century of American history. It exposes 349 Government and Donated records that have motion pictures buried within them, discloses how these vintage films are organized and where to find them, uncovers and specifically identifies more than 1,460 film titles and provides topical references to thousands more, and sums it up with a comprehensive 2,130 item subject index that sheds light on the vast variety of subjects and titles of these extraordinary films.

Reviewers of America's Film Vault have called it….

  • "An indispensible reference tool for the serious film researcher!"
  • "…a convenient overview of National Archives and Records Administration's motion picture holdings, one difficult to obtain from any other source."
  • "...has leveled the playing field for historians, film buffs, and curiosity seekers."

Since relatively few Americans know that these historically significant films exist and even fewer know how to find them, the goal of Mr. Stewart's book is to highlight this National treasure. It is also his goal to provide educators, historians, genealogists, and students of film, a guide on where and how to find them.

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) is an association of more than eight-hundred authors, poets and artists drawn together by the common bond of military service. Most members are active duty military, retirees or military veterans. (The MWSA contact is Joyce Faulkner at email MWSAPresident@gmail.com or via phone at 412.496.5034)

America's Film Vault: A Reference Guide to the Motion Pictures Held by the U.S. National Archives (ISBN 978-0-9793243-0-7, $39.95, trade paper, pms press, 2009) is the third book in The Historic Footage Project. More information is available at the author's website at http://www.pwstewart.com. All of Mr. Stewart's books are available from Amazon.com.

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