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Archival Research 101

Presented by Docs In Progress at Docs In Progress, Silver Spring MD

Oct 17, 2023

Archival Research 101

Workshop that covers what you should know about archival research for film. On Zoom.

Archival Research 101 guides students down pathways for using third-party media in films. This course highlights how to avoid copyright and licensing pitfalls. Students will learn from pre-production to final delivery the basics of how to research, order, and clear archival photographs, films, and videos. We will move beyond Google and seek material at archives like the National Archives, Library of Congress, public libraries, museums, and universities. The course will cover media formats, ... view more »


Early Bird: $60.00

General admission: $75.00

Refund Policy

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:

Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund

Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund

Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

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  • Oct 17, 2023 at 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm (Tue)

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About the Teaching Artist: Sarah Katz

Sarah Katz is the Archival Producer for an upcoming four-part documentary science series with Story Syndicate in Brooklyn. She has cleared rights for more than forty televised documentaries, like the recently released History channel series The Machines That Built America, as well as museum exhibits like the Smithsonian’s Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, and The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. She has been commended by her colleagues for her thorough understanding of archival research and been labeled one of the most experienced archival researchers in the field by more than one associate. She has also served as a Producer of 156 half-hours of educational content at The Great Courses and an Associate Producer for six documentaries at National Geographic. Her documentary career spans twenty years and she is a former Docs In Progress Board Members. Finally, Sarah earned a Master of Fine Art in Film from American University in 2009.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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