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Western film collection

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2730

Scope and Contents

The Western Film Collection consists of press kits, pressbooks, posters, photographs, souvenir programs and other materials that were distributed by film producers to movie theater operators to promote their films. The Western films represented in this collection are Western genre films, films set in the trans-Mississippi West, and/or films with Western-type characters. Press kits typically include advertisements prepared for submission to newspapers and magazines; black-and-white photographs of scenes from the films with credit information; printed booklets called pressbooks containing information about the film, actors, and other personnel; and posters for lobby display. Early press kits were called campaign kits. While the majority of press kits included in the collection consist of foldered printed material, there are several examples of electronic press kits on compact disk.

Dates

  • 1911 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 50 (sound recording): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 60 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Western Film Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from various sources, 1987-2018.

Arrangement

Organized in thirty-nine groupings: September 1987 Acquisition; July 2006 Acquisition; June 2010 Acquisition; November 2010 Acquisition; January 2011 Acquisition; October 2011 Acquisition; January 2012 Acquisition; June 2012 Acquisition; July 2012 Acquisition; September 2012 Acquisition; December 2012 Acquisition; June 2013 Acquisition; July 2013 Acquisition; September 2013 Acquisition; 14 October 2013 Acquisition; 30 October Acquisition; November 2013 Acquisition; 6 February 2014 Acquisition; 14 February 2014 Acquisition; March 2014 Acquisition; 1 July 2015 Acquisition [1 of 2]; 1 July 2015 Acquisition [2 of 2]; November 2015 Acquisition; January 2016 Acquisition; September 2016 Acquisition; October 2016 Acquisition; February 2017 Acquisition; 1 July 2017 Acquisition; 3 July 2017 Acquisition; 23 October 2017 Acquisition [1 of 2]; 23 October 2017 Acquisition [2 of 2]; January 2018 Acquisition; 1 July 2018 Acquisition; 31 July 2018 Acquisition; December 2018 Acquisition; July 2019 Acquisition [1 of 2]; July 2019 Acquisition [2 of 2]; October 2019 Acquisition; and November 2019 Acquisitions.

Extent

86.94 Linear Feet ((114 boxes) + 5 broadsides)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.westfilm

Overview

The Western Film Collection consists of press kits, pressbooks, posters, photographs, souvenir programs and other materials that were distributed by film producers to movie theater operators to promote their films. The Western films represented in this collection are Western genre films, films set in the trans-Mississippi West, and/or films with Western characters. Press kits typically include advertisements prepared for submission to newspapers and magazines; black-and-white photographs of scenes from the films with credit information; printed booklets called pressbooks containing information about the film, actors, and other personnel; and posters for lobby display. Early press kits were called "campaign kits." While the majority of press kits included in the collection consist of foldered printed material, there are several examples of electronic press kits on compact disc. The Buddy Holly Story pressbook contains a "flexi disc" recording bound in.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, titled according to month and year of acquisition.

The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified. Further organization, rehousing, and description were carried out in 2013.

The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as UNCAT WA MS 233, UNCAT MSS 882, UNCAT MSS 1244, UNCAT MSS 1293, UNCAT MSS 1294, UNCAT MSS 1295, UNCAT MSS 1296, UNCAT MSS 1297, UNCAT MSS 1299, UNCAT MSS 1300, UNCAT MSS 1301, UNCAT MSS 1303, and UNCAT MSS 1305.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

Two film titles separated in the listing by a slash mark (/) indicates that the two films were promoted together.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Western Film Collection
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.