4 episodes

Artifactual is a podcast about archival material -- who made it, who saved it, and why. It was inspired by the documentary work we do at 1895 Films, where we often come across amazing pieces of archival material (tapes, maps, letters, etc.). But we don't always have the space to tell the stories behind this archival material in the documentaries themselves. And so, Artifactual was born...

Artifactual 1895 Films

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    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Artifactual is a podcast about archival material -- who made it, who saved it, and why. It was inspired by the documentary work we do at 1895 Films, where we often come across amazing pieces of archival material (tapes, maps, letters, etc.). But we don't always have the space to tell the stories behind this archival material in the documentaries themselves. And so, Artifactual was born...

    Edison's Wax Cylinders

    Edison's Wax Cylinders

    When an amateur singer crosses paths with Thomas Edison in 1899, the resulting recordings are a glimpse into the world of  fin de siècle America.

    Many thanks to the University of California, Santa Barbara Library, which has made these amazing recordings available through a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 2.5 License.

    You can explore UCSB's collection of wax cylinder recordings here. And you can donate to the upkeep of these recordings here.

    Artifactual is a content partner of Peter Hamilton’s Documentary Business newsletter and Sunny Side of the Doc.

    • 14 min
    Live From Pearl Harbor

    Live From Pearl Harbor

    When a Hawaiian radio DJ becomes a Navy censor, he ends up having to cut off a news broadcast from his own station during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    You can hear the full recording of the Pearl Harbor broadcast here.

    Artifactual is a content partner of Peter Hamilton’s Documentary Business newsletter and Sunny Side of the Doc.

    • 24 min
    Joseph Hazelton's Lincoln Assassination

    Joseph Hazelton's Lincoln Assassination

    In 1933, almost 70 years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Hazelton sat down in front of a microphone and told the story of watching it happen as a program boy at Ford's Theatre. That record disappeared from sight until the mid-2000s, when a record collector found the last copy in existence.

    You can hear the full recording of the Joseph Hazelton story here.

    Artifactual is a content partner of Peter Hamilton’s Documentary Business newsletter and Sunny Side of the Doc.

    *Update! After posting this episode, we received the following message from Huntington curator Olga Tsapina: "I cataloged the record in 2008 and in 2009 I actually used a copy of the recording in my Lincoln bi-centennial exhibit. There is a cataloging record for this that I posted back in 2008. It was not exactly languishing in the vault.  It had gone through conservation review, and it was our Conservation Lab that made the custom-made box to which the Post-It was attached."

    • 20 min
    Artifactual - Sneak peek!

    Artifactual - Sneak peek!

    Artifactual from 1895 Films will be going live with our first episode on Wednesday, September 15! Tell friends, family, acquaintances, strangers...

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

FawnBrodie ,

Incredible

Can’t wait to hear more.

cmlfox ,

Amazing Discovery

Terrific story, wonderfully told, surprising. Great interviews and narration. Super idea for a podcast! Looking forward to more episodes.

By the lakr ,

Artifactual episode 1

Compelling detail, beautiful production values — sound, music, etc. Love the narrator voice. Intrigued to hear about the next artifact!

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