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The Texas Bookshelf is for single, specific books' reviews and author interviews . The Texas Parlor ranges more broadly than my other websites. The Young Texas Reader focuses on the youngest through teenagers. Texas Blog Notes surveys blogs of historical and literary interest. I've started a Will's Texana Youtube collecting channel where 1,000 videos are collected in 100 playlists . Find Will in Houston or at willstexana {at} yahoodotcom

Monday, February 02, 2009

Texas Archive of the Moving Image

TAMI logo: Billowing Texas flag framed by film sprocket holes
So you like Texas movies?  Go to They say this about themselves ...
"For over one hundred years, film and video have uniquely documented history.  In Texas, early films recorded Native American traditions, the boom time in oil fields, and daily life in both rural and urban communities across the state.  In 1963, a Texas home movie became one of the most famous films of all time:  The Zapruder film of John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.  Yet no institution has emerged that is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of moving images specifically related to Texas -- until now.  
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) celebrates the state's home movies, industrial films, television output, and regional cine-club product as well as Hollywood and internationally produced images of Texas.  Valuable to state history, these films also serve an important collaborative role in the preservation and restoration of the larger motion picture heritage for the United States.
TAMI is an independent 501c3 organization dedicated to the preservation of Texas film heritage. Every year, home movies, television programs, and locally produced films are lost as these visual records of Texas rapidly decompose or are simply thrown away. TAMI works to discover these "orphan" films and to educate the public about moving image history and contemporary preservation practice. Together, we will recover these unique visual memories of Texans and all who are Texans at heart."
Search the library for:
  • Your hometown
  • Famous Texans
  • Historical Events
  • Texas locations
  • Texana: Barbeque, Boots, Longhorns, and more!

Browse: Click on "Random Film" and simply browse the collection for what seems most interesting to you today! New media is added on a regular basis, so y'all come back soon now, ya' hear!
Contribute: See something (or someone!) you recognize? Become a TAMI "Tagger" and share your insight and stories with us. Visit our help page to find out how, or send an email to:

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