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"I'm more or less the Noah's Ark of Collecting." - Ira Gallen
Ira Gallen, archivist, curator, collector, video and television producer and author, has been responsible for saving and preserving a treasure trove of television history... Moments that define America.
Ira Herman Gallen, born in Brooklyn, NY, became a serious film enthusiast during his teens, and for several years, thereafter, he assisted and studied with film historian, Seymour Stern. Enamored of the silent film era and most notably, the epic works of filmmaker, D.W. Griffith, Gallen began screening rented films to the college he attended at the time, the New York Institute of Technology. In fact, Ira launched the first film society at the Institute. He also began collecting films, from feature-length movies to instructional and industrial films. Included in the collection, are classic television series episodes and commercials that eventually came to compromise a major part of his vast collection of over 40,000 subjects.