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Guide to the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Archive
1949 - 2011
 MSS.326

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Collection processed by Julia Kim, 2013; Laura Newsome, 2014

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 23, 2018
Description is in English.

Scope and Content

The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Archive includes over 1,200 recordings dating back to the 1958 Flaherty Seminar. The recordings, of film screenings and discussions at the yearly Seminars, feature insight from Charles Burnett, Shirley Clarke, Bruce Connor, Frances Flaherty, Hollis Frampton, William Greaves, Ken Jacobs, Pauline Kael, Barbara Kopple, Richard Leacock, David Maysles, and Agnes Varda.

In addition to the Flaherty Seminar video and audio recordings, the collection also contains all paper records and photographs from The Flaherty organization.

The collection comprises seven series:

Series I: Flaherty Film Seminars.

This series contains audio and video recordings of the Flaherty Film Seminars ranging from 1958 to 2011.

Series II: Public TV.

This series contains audio recordings from annual meetings held at Arden House NY, during which independent producers met with public TV program managers and executives to screen and discuss controversial material.

Series III: Flaherty Israel.

This series contains audio recordings from the 1998 Flaherty Film Seminar in Israel, organized in collaboration with the New Foundation for Cinema and Television, Tel Aviv.

Series IV: Film Council.

This series contains audio recordings from a 1974 meeting of the Film Council, a group of non profit film exhibition folks: librarians, museums and distributors in NYC, who met once a month to talk about non commercial film.

Series V: Flaherty + Misc.

This series contains miscellaneous of audio material from various Film Seminars and activities.

Series VI: Seminar and Administrative Papers.

This series contains the paper records of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Archive. It consists of packets and brochures handed out at the seminars, programs, press and publicity, planning, grant applications, and all papers pertaining to the daily operations of the organization. The papers have been arranged chronologically by year, and alphabetically within the year. Original folder titles have been maintained where possible.

Series VII: Financial Papers.

This series contains the financial papers of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Archive. It includes budget reports, tax papers, cancelled checks, bills, and all other financial material. The papers have been arranged chronologically by year, and alphabetically within the year. Original folder titles have been maintained where possible.

Arrangement

The archivist rearranged the order of the video and audio recordings as donated by The Flaherty into five thematically-organized series.

The paper materials are organized into two series and are arranged chronologically by year, and alphabetically within the years. This material is described at the box level.