The HFA Collections Blog
Learn more about the HFA by visiting the Collections Blog, written by the Harvard Film Archive conservation team.
- The Aldo Tambellini Collection
Materials include 16mm projection prints, workprints, outtakes, and preservation masters of Aldo Tambellini's film work from the 1960s to the early 1970s, including his Black Films series, cathodic works, documentaries by and about Tambellini, as well as many rolls of unedited camera original material.
- The Amos Vogel Annenberg School of Communications Collection
16mm films, primarily shorts, dating from 1905 through the 1980s, from the collection created by Amos Vogel while at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
- The Andrew Bujalski Collection
Projection prints and production elements for Harvard graduate Andrew Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation and his student films.
- The Animation Collection
Short and feature-length animated films from VES professors and former students, Hollywood studios, Eastern European animators and experimental and abstract animators.
- The Arthur Freedman Collection
A familiar figure in the local Boston area rock scene for nearly four decades, Freedman recorded over two thousand hours of rock performances on VHS, Hi8, 8mm video, and Mini DV from the late 1970s through the early 2000s.
- The Asian American Film Ephemera Collection
A curated collection of ephemera, including books, pressbooks, mini-posters, and 28 one-sheet movie posters, portraying the presence and experience of Asians and Asian Americans in American film from the period of approximately 1917-2002.
- B. F. Skinner Collection
Over 30 films in total, including films documenting his experiments as well as several educational documentaries (including outtakes) about his work.
- The Bill Dana Collection
Material includes 35mm pre-print film elements and 35mm projection prints for the entire run of comedian, writer, director and composer Bill Dana's television program The Bill Dana Show.
- The Derek Lamb Collection
35mm and 16mm prints, production elements and audio recordings from former Harvard professor Derek Lamb’s career as an animator.
- The Dick Fontaine Collection
Various materials, including film prints, research copies and papers, related to the films produced by documentary filmmaker Dick Fontaine from the mid-1960s through the 1990s.
- The Documentary Educational Resources Collection
Nearly 200 16mm prints of ethnographic films originally used in classrooms.
- The Ed Pincus Collection
16mm projection prints, internegatives, track negatives, and original camera reversal elements of Pincus and his collaborators' documentary films from the 1960s & 1970s.
- Experimental Film in the HFA Collection
Over 200 experimental films, encompassing the Soviet avant-garde of the 1920s, animation, collage, documentary and films from legendary figures Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren and Bruce Conner, among many others.
- The FilmFernsehFonds Bayern Collection
35mm films and videos produced in Germany between 1975 and 2007, as well as publicity materials, books and magazines.
- The Fort Devens Collection
Propaganda films from the Fort Devens Historical Museum in Groton, MA, located on the site of the former U.S. Army base. The collection contains material largely from World War II and the Vietnam War.
- The George Kuchar Collection
Before underground film legend George Kuchar died in 2011, he donated films, video work and papers to the HFA. Kuchar made hundreds of video diaries in the mid-1980s as well as scores of narrative features with his students. He had previously given the HFA over thirty 16mm films, dating from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, many of which were made in conjunction with his students at the San Francisco Art Institute, where George taught for over 35 years.
- The Grove Press Film Collection
35mm and 16mm projection prints, original elements and trailers dating from the 1910s to the 1970s from the Grove Press Film Division.
- Harvard Botanical Museum 16mm Film Collection
The 16mm film collection from the Harvard Botanical Museum features educational films from 1943 to 1978 focusing on a variety of scientific subject matter including agriculture, ethnography, and history.
- Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque Program Calendar and Periodical Collection
Film program calendars from the Harvard Film Archive from 1984 until 2007, as well as programming calendars from fifty different archives, cinematheques, and museums from the period of approximately 1970-2006.
- Harvard Film Archive Promotional Materials Collection
A concise collection of pressbooks, one-sheet text documents, film stills, posters, lobby cards, slides, and electronic materials, representing the promotion of films from the period of approximately 1925-2007.
- Harvard Film Archive Visiting Directors Audio Collection
A collection of streaming digital audio files recorded of each filmmaker visiting the HFA's cinematheque since 2008. Recordings include pre-screening introductions by curator Haden Guest and programmer David Pendleton and personal introductions by filmmakers as well as post-screening question and answer sessions between curators, programming staff, audience, and filmmakers.
- Harvard Science Center Film Collection
The 16mm film collection from the Harvard Science Center features educational science films from 1933 to 1998 focusing on a variety of scientific subject matter including physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy.
- The Helen Hill Collection
New 16mm prints of ten of experimental animator Helen Hill's films, preserved by the Harvard Film Archive and Colorlab, as well as shorts, animation, home movies and Hill's papers.
- The Howard E. Burr Collection
Over 2,500 films, mostly 16mm American shorts and features, as well as movie posters and lobby cards, movie magazines and paper ephemera.
- The Hollis Frampton Collection
Frampton’s photographic and xerographic images, papers that include letters written to Frampton and material corresponding to exhibitions of his work, videotapes with footage of and about Frampton and over one hundred audio recordings.
- Home Movies
Over 200 reels of home movies, the vast majority of which come from two collections: the Carry Wagner Collection and the Max Tennis Collection.
- The James E. Hinton Collection
The films of photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker James E. Hinton, whose work influenced the evolution of African-American film.
- The Karen Aqua Collection
Projection prints, video masters, and production elements for Karen Aqua’s animated films from 1976-2011.
- The Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection
Approximately 800,000 film stills, pressbooks, posters, and other ephemera, mainly publicity and production stills from the classical studio era of the 1930s-1960s.
- The Michael Blackwood Collection
Original masters, video masters, and 16mm prints of Blackwood's films chronicling the history of late 20th century art.
- The Norman Mailer Collection
Sound and picture elements from Norman Mailer’s three underground films of the 1960s (Wild 90, Beyond the Law and Maidstone) and digital video of Mailer's significant television appearances.
- The Richard P. Rogers Film Collection
The films and outtakes of documentarian Richard P. Rogers, former Harvard professor and Harvard Film Study Center director.
- The Robert Gardner Collection
The films of Robert Gardner, ethnographic filmmaker, co-founder of the Harvard Film Archive and founder of the Harvard Film Study Center.
- The Somerville High School Collection
16mm educational films used in classrooms between the 1940s and the 1980s, covering a variety of subjects including art, math, music, science, health and social studies.
- TECO Collection
115 titles from Taiwan and Hong Kong from the years 1979-1994.
- The Television Collection
Nearly 500 copies of vintage television programs, including 16mm Kinescopes and various video formats dating from the mid-1950s through the mid-1990s.
- The Tony Pugliese Film Collection
The Tony Pugliese Film Collection, assembled by local film collector Tony Pugliese, includes 16mm projection prints of Hollywood feature films from 1932-1965, many of them starring actor Paul Muni.
- The Warren Sonbert Film Collection
The preservation masters of all of the completed films of American avant-garde filmmaker and critic Warren Sonbert, in addition to his personal papers which include unfilmed screenplays, shot lists, and original manuscripts.
Over 2,000 movie trailers, mainly 35mm, from the last 75 years.