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Mar 26, 2010 11:42 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

New York film museum gets Technicolor collection

Technicolor, a color-movie pioneer synonymous with Hollywood glamour, is donating filmmaking artifacts to George Eastman House to round out the New York museum's trove of original reels of movie classics such as "Gone with the Wind" and "The Wizard of Oz."

The gift of rare cameras, printers, drawings and documents detailing the creative process behind Technicolor movies produced from 1915 to 1974 solidifies the Rochester film and photography museum's status as the world's largest research institution for film-technology scholars.

Motion picture curator Caroline Frick Page said on Friday that the Technicolor company's archives, kept in vaults in Los Angeles, might have been junked if the museum hadn't stepped in and rescued them.

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