Old Nuclear Bunker Has One of the Largest Film, TV Collections
During the 20th century, the United States built many bunkers – underground shelters that could save people during a nuclear war or other crisis.
Now, the U.S. government is using one of those shelters for a happier purpose: storing movies, television shows, and audio recordings for future generations.
Bunker in Culpepper, Virginia
The bunker was once under the control of America's central bank, the Federal Reserve. It stored money and other materials in the case of a crisis.
About 10 years ago, the Library of Congress began using the underground space, which is about 120 kilometers from Washington, D.C. Architects designed new rooms and buildings that workers added to the existing structure.
The bunker is currently known as the Library of Congress' Packard Campus.
The Packard Campus covers an area of about 38,000 square meters, with more than 140 kilometers of shelving for storing the many recordings. It has 35 climate controlled areas and 124 individual storage rooms for flammable films.
The collection now has over six million movies, TV shows, and audio programs. Some of these films, such "The Great Train Robbery," are over 100 years old.
Preserving films for future generations
George Wileman has been working for the Library of Congress for over 30 years. Wileman says he has spent the past 10 years working in the underground film archives.
"My greatest love has always been early films - silent films. And here I was working with one of the largest collections of early film in the world. And I was like: "Well, maybe this isn't just an accident. Maybe this is where I'm supposed to be."
When films arrive at the Packard Campus, employees examine the recordings and make digital versions.
Some movies are damaged because they have been in contact with heat and moist, sticky air.
Wileman adds to the list of collected movies every day. He notes that the center even has some films you would not expect the government to save.
Hollywood remains at the center of the international film industry, and a sign of American culture. Its protection is important work for the Library of Congress.
I'm John Russell.
1.nuclear war 核战争
The threat of nuclear war has diminished.
2.future generations 后代
Future generations are going to think that we were a pretty boring lot.
3.storage room 储藏室
The small basement storage room as your should be sufficient.
4.known as 被称为
China has always been known as a land of propriety and righteousness.
5.It stored money and other materials in the case of a crisis.
in the case of 在...情况下
I dread to think what will happen in the case of a major emergency.
In the case of dielectric breakdown, a different type of acceleration occurs.
6.Some movies are damaged because they have been in contact with heat and moist, sticky air.
in contact with 接触；联系
Have the children been in contact with the disease?
Who are you in contact with?
该核避难所曾归美联储（美国中央银行）管辖 。目的就是在危机时期存储货币及其他物品 。
大约10年前，国会图书馆开始使用距华盛顿约120公里的避难所 。建筑师设计了新的房屋和建筑，工人们增加了现有的建筑物 。
帕卡德校区占地面积约3.8万平方米，储存录音的书架超过140多公里 。内部设有35个气温控制区和124个独立的易燃胶片储藏室 。
该校区收藏了600多万部电影、电视节目和音像资料 。其中一些电影，比如《火车大劫案》已经有100多年的历史 。
乔治·威尔曼（George Wileman）在国会图书馆工作了30余年 。他表示，过去10年里，他一直在地下电影档案馆工作 。
“早期的无声电影是我的心头好 。而我正好在这个全球最大的早期电影作品收藏地工作 。这仿佛是：也许这不只是巧合，而是命中注定 。”
威尔曼每天都会记录新增的电影目录 。他指出，这里甚至储藏了一些你以为政府不会收藏的影片 。
好莱坞仍是国际电影产业的中心，也是美国文化的标志 。保护影像资料是国会图书馆的重要工作 。