Special Collection

The Film and Media Studies (FMS) Program Special Collection is an essential research and pedagogical resource for students and faculty, and the program is a prominent and consistent co-sponsor of campus-wide faculty and student film and media-related events.

History of the Collection

The original items in the FMS Special Collection were acquired primarily through the efforts of FMS program founder, Professor Richard Gollin (Faculty Emeritus in English).

An important addition to the collection was made with the purchase in the late 1980s of a large portion of the personal collection (amassed between 1977 and 1986) of James Card, the first film curator at the George Eastman Museum.

Over the years FMS program faculty continue to accumulate, often through painstaking and detailed research, items that enhance the collection as an important and unique pedagogical and research resource.

The Collection Today

The FMS program is committed to working with other departments and programs within the University in purchasing curricular and research materials that contribute to the work of faculty in these units while enhancing the parameters of the FMS Special Collection.

The collection is available to faculty and students across the University for use in the Multimedia Center (items are non-circulating for the general undergraduate community).

In addition to regular teaching and faculty/student research, this collection supports undergraduate special events, such as a film series for Black History Month as well as MLC and FMS Undergraduate Council events.