The Nitrate Committee is dedicated to promoting the safe and professional management of nitrate film by the AMIA membership. Its presence is founded on the recognized longevity of nitrate film when stored according to archival standards and its principal goal is to ensure the longtime survival of the world’s nitrate film heritage.
The Nitrate Committee was originally established to converse about nitrate film in an intellectual/theoretical manner. Over the past few years the committee has evolved into a coalition to help institutions manage the regulations that accompany storing, packing and shipping nitrate film. By linking together all archives, libraries and laboratories that work with nitrate film, we can achieve more cost effective prices in film handling as well as aid one another.
If you are looking to buy nitrate film, please read the document titled Identifying and Handling Nitrate Film. It was put together by members of this Nitrate Committee. While as film archivists we are concerned with the film itself, our main concern is your safety when dealing with material many governments deem as hazardous. Nitrate film is highly flammable and therefore cannot be legally shipped by conventional mail services due to restrictions.
Need to inform someone that an item they are buying or selling may be nitrate film? The committee has written these blurbs that you may feel free to send as an email in order to provide more information.