The Resource A capital idea : Virginia : leader for a nation, (videorecording)

A capital idea : Virginia : leader for a nation, (videorecording)

A capital idea : Virginia : leader for a nation
A capital idea
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Virginia : leader for a nation
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A capital idea
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  • Production tape logs, raw footage, and final version of a documentary entitled A CAPITOL IDEA. VIRGINIA: LEADER FOR A NATION. Produced in 1989, this documentary explores the history of Virginia's State Capital, from Jamestown to Williamsburg to Richmond
  • Tape one contains stock footage of aerial views of Capital Square and the Capitol building in Richmond, the city skyline, the James River, and the Lee Bridge, as well as ground-level views of the exterior, as well as interior shots, of the Capitol building. There are shots of portraits, documents, maps, architectural drawings and other artwork related to the Capitol. Charlotte Troxel, then supervisor of the Capital Hostesses, discusses architectural features of the building and also Houdon's statue of George Washington. Also included are shots from Jamestown Festival Park and Colonial Williamsburg. Some footage includes narration by Jay Shropshire
  • Tape two opens with an interview with A. E. Dick Howard, professor of law at the University of Virginia, who discusses the history of Virginia's Constitutional Conventions. The rest of this tape largely consists of images of documents, portraits, photographs and other artifacts related to the history of the Capital buildingl, Richmond and Virginia in general
  • Tape three includes additional historical artifacts, documents, maps and artwork. The tape also contains an interview with Louis Manarin, then state archivist, in which he discusses the Capitol Disaster of 1870, which involved the collapse of the third floor of the building; destruction of records during a renovation of the Capitol; and a history of the state's public records as impacted by the Civil War, misuse and careless handling. Governor Doug Wilder is also interviewed about his political career, contemporary political issues and the meaning of being the governor of Virginia
  • Tape four contains the final, complete version of the documentary (30 min.), as well as JAMESTOWN: THE BEGINNING, which is video without a sound track
  • The two steno notebooks contain production notes, listings of the contents of the raw footage tapes, and contact information for various individuals and institutions. These notebooks can be used as a guide to viewing the raw footage tapes
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A capital idea : Virginia : leader for a nation, (videorecording)
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
Marshall, Peter
  • Original stock footage and completed documentary received from donor on BetaSP 30 tapes. Preservation copies of masters created on BetaSP 90 tapes. Each BetaSP 90 tapes were transferred to VHS T-180s. Three copies of each VHS available as 1) VHS preservation master, 2) duplication master and 3) service copy. Transfer work done by Bill Rice and staff at Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) in January 2005.
  • Master BetaSP 30 tapes, BetaSP 90 tapes and VHS preservation masters all housed in the Media Vault at the State Records Center.
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Terms governing use
  • JAMESTOWN: THE BEGINNING is under copyright and therefore unavailable for reproduction from the Library of Virginia.
  • Creator relinquished all claims of copyright to remainder of collection and transferred rights to the Library of Virginia. See control folder for details.
Type of unit
4 videocassettes (9 hr., 22 min., 9 sec.) and 2 notebooks.

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