Indexing the amateur film collection “Niederösterreich privat”

A project of the research network Forschungsnetzwerk Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien (first) managed by the IRH


Amt der NÖ Landesregierung, Abteilung Kunst und Kultur


November 2018 – October 2019

Principal Investigator

Ulrich Schwarz-Gräber


Almut Hufnagl (Center for Migration Research)

Florian Ribisch (Institute for Jewish History in Austria)

Brigitte Semanek (IRH)

Project Coordinator

Johanna Zechner

In Cooperation with

Filmarchiv Austria


Short Description

In 2013, the Federal Province of Lower Austria and the Filmarchiv Austria launched a call for contributions to a new collection of small-gauge films. In the following years, more than 63,000 film rolls were collected. They were digitized and archived by the Filmarchiv Austria. This project aims at developing an indexing system in order to make this vast amount of material accessible for future research projects.

In our pilot study, a conceptual framework for content indexing will be developed and a limited part of the films will be catalogued accordingly. At the same time, small case studies explore potentials of the source material for historical research on rural areas: from serial images of banquets to representations of the Cold War era from a Lower Austrian perspective and agricultural techniques in moving pictures.

Further information about the collection: (website currently under construction)