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Guide to the Duke Film Society, 1949-1956

Abstract

Organized in 1949, the Duke Film Society's aim was to bring to the Duke University campus the best foreign, experimental, documentary, educational, and art films, both current and past. It was disbanded in 1965.

Collection contains materials pertaining to the organization and operations of the Duke Film Society including society minutes, press releases of programs, financial statements, film catalogs/ promotional material and correspondence with film production companies. The collection spans the years 1949-1956.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University.
Creator
Duke University. Duke Film Society.
Title
Duke Film Society records, 1949-1956.
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 250 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains materials pertaining to the organization and operations of the Duke Film Society including society minutes, press releases of programs, financial statements, film catalogs/ promotional material and correspondence with the following Martin J. Lewis Theatrical Productions, Contemporary Films Inc., The Museum of Modern Art, Loew's International Corporation, Wallace Film Exchange, Brandon Films Inc., Classic Pictures Inc., Community Cinema Corporation, Paul Goldman Motion Pictures, United Artists Corporation, United World Films Inc., British Film Institute, and other companies.

Administrative Information

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In off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Folders contain materials pertaining to the organization and operations of the Duke Film Society including society minutes, press releases of programs, financial statements, film catalogs/ promotional material and correspondence with film production companies. The collection spans the years 1949-1956.

Folder 1
Box 1
Folder 2
Box 1
Folder 3
Box 1
Folder 4
Box 1

Historical Note

Organized in 1949, the Duke Film Society's aim was to bring to the Duke University campus the best foreign, experimental, documentary, educational, and art films, both current and past. Its first chairman was Katharine M. Banham, professor in the Department of Psychology at Duke University. The Society was a subscription fee based organization that was operated by a faculty initiated committee. The scope of the Society's aims was limited by both funding and facilities. In order to fulfill their desire to show both 35mm and 16mm film, as well as, to accommodate an increased number of members in the more comfortable and technologically advanced Page Auditorium the Society joined with Quadrangle Pictures, in 1954, to co-host a number of 35mm films per semester. The Society disbanded in 1965.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Katharine M. Banham papers, 1910-1995. (University Archives. Duke University. )
  • Film Society papers, 1949-1975 (small collections). (University Archives. Duke University. )
  • Annual report, Student Activities Office Trinity College, Quadrangle Pictures, Appointments Office.[serial]. (University Archives. Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Duke Film Society, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Duke Film Society records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Sherrie Bowser, October, 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, October 2006

Accession 74-77 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.