Unique among cultural institutions that collect moving image and sound media, Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive is comprised not only of completed works in film and video, but also of the numerous materials that went into the creation of those works. The Film & Media Archive at Washington University in St. Louis opened its doors to the public in September 2002 with the acquisition of the Henry Hampton Collection. The Archive has since acquired several other important collections and now holds 6,500,000 feet of film, 1,300 linear feet of manuscripts, approximately 20,000 videotapes, over 10,000 audiotapes and reels, and a significant library of books, CDs and DVDs.

The collections contain primary source material including original filmed interviews and outtakes, rare stock footage, photographs, producers’ research and notes, treatments, scripts, storyboards, and correspondence, all of which provide a distinctive look at the filmmaking and storytelling process for scholars, teachers, filmmakers, and students. The Archive houses rare and unique collections of film, videotape, audiotape, manuscripts, books, and other materials related to Civil Rights, African-American life, the history of Harlem, social justice, democracy and the arts.

The Film & Media Archive contains the following collections:

  • Henry Hampton Collection
  • Dana Brown Collection
  • Foreign Exchange Television Series Collection
  • Frank Marshall Davis Collection
  • Frank Popper Collection
  • Gradwohl Collection
  • Harry Wald Collection
  • Insignia Films Collection
  • St. Louis Public School Film Collection
  • Vacho Collection
  • William Miles Collection

For more information on any of these collections contact the Film & Media Archive.

Film and Media Archive
Washington University
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1061
St. Louis, MO 63130
Tel: 314-935-8679
Fax: 314-935-9890
Email: wufilmarchives@wumail.wustl.edu

Archive staff will be contributing to the development of this blog.

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