Harvard University Directory of Media Collections
(Revised September 1998)


This is a highly selective list of movie and video collections on the Harvard campus. It was compiled by the Harvard University Library Committee on Instruction in Library Use and the information is based on an information sheet filled out by the depository. Many facilities place restrictions on access and use of the collections. We strongly urge you to check the access policies.

You may search this list for specific locations by using the Find feature of your browser, or click on the the letter in the alphabetical listing.

 

A B C D F G H K L M N O P R S T W

A

Action for Children's Television (ACT) Collection

Collection Scope: Action for Children's Television, a national grassroots organization, was founded by Peggy Charren in Newtonville, Massachusetts in 1968. ACT aimed to ensure quality and diversity in television programming for children and adolescents, and to eliminate commercial abuses directed at children. In addition to the 1400 videotapes, the collection comprises over 1,000 linear feet of archival materials, including the complete office records of the organization. The collection consists of videotapes of children's television programs, shows submitted for ACT's annual awards, commercials and public service announcements. Subjects include: animation, children's literature, commercials, health issues, violence in tv programs, children's news programming, and nutrition; date span is approximately 1970s-1990s.

Access: Collection is open to the public by appointment, M-F, 9am-5pm. On-site use only.

Contact: Marylene Altieri, Special Collection, Gutman Library; 617-496-3108;

American Repertory Theater (ART)

Collection Scope: the ART collects videos of its productions. They are used for the reconstruction of plays produced at the ART. There are approximately 200 VHS tapes.

Access: Videos do not circulate, but 5 viewing facilities are available. Viewing is by appointment.

Contact: Lynn Kasper, 617-495-2668; lkasper@fas.harvard.edu.

B

Biological Anthropology

Collection Scope: the department has approximately 100 VHS videos on the subjects of primate behavior, animal behavior, human evolution, and behavioral biology. The collection began in 1990 as a way to make teaching films easily accessible.

Access: the collection circulates to Anthropology department faculty only. A list of titles is available in the department.

Contact: Wren Fournier, 617-496-1194.

Bok Center

Collection Scope: the Derek Bok Center has 25 videos on teaching vignettes, teaching methods, and from Bok Center Teaching Orientation programs.The Derek Bok Center, formerly the Danforth Center, is a part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and was created in 1979. The center provides a variety of services for those individuals teaching at Harvard who wish to improve their teaching skills.

Access: the collection is available to all Harvard affiliates, and can also be viewed by a maximum of 2 people at a time on M-F, 9am-5pm.

Contact: Jane Phipps, 617-495-4869; jphipps@fas.harvard.edu

C

Cabot Science Library

Collection Scope: Cabot's video collection of over 300 videos began in the late 1970's when the Science Center began a bimonthly program of science lectures by outstanding Harvard scientists. Videotapes of some science courses are also available. Some other commercial tapes have been purchased for science courses. About 15 training views (Windows, Word, etc) were added recently.

Access: 8 viewing facilities seating 4 - 8 earch are available. Its hours are the same as the library's. The commercial videos do circulate. The collection is listed in HOLLIS.

Contact: Allen Bourque, 617-495-5354; bourque@fas.harvard.edu

D

Davis Center for Russian Studies, Teaching Resource Center

Collection Scope: The Teaching Resource Center was founded in 1976 to offer support to K-12 teachers of Russia and Russian Studies. There are 66 VHS videos in the collection covering subjects such as art, music, environment, nature, politics, history, and selected Russian feature films.

Access: the collection is open to all Harvard affiliates and local high school teachers. Videos circulate for two weeks.

Contact: Ellen Gruber, 617-495-8095.

F

Farnsworth Reading Room/Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library

Collection Scope: approximately 196 VHS videos, of which 157 are poetry related and 39 are movies. There is also a collection of 142 videodiscs of movie classics or movies based on works of literature. The collection began in 1985, when in addition to audio recordings, the Poetry Room began to record some of its events. The Farnsworth movie collection was made possible with the assistance from the Harvard Film Archive and the Harvard Film Studies Department in the 1990's.

Access: a video unit is available for individual viewing as well as a large, portable unit for group viewing (M-F, 9am-10pm; Sunday, Noon - 10pm). Faculty may borrow videos and discs for classroom use. Titles are listed in HOLLIS

Contact: Stratis Haviaras, 617-495-2454; haviaras@fas.harvard.edu

G

Germanic Languages and Literatures

Collection Scope: the department has approximately 100 VHS videos on the study of the German language and vintage German movies.

Access: a viewing facility is available for 10 people, but videos may be borrowed by Harvard affiliates. A list of titles is available in the department.

Contact: Ingeborg Reichenbach, 617-495-2339.

H

Harvard Business School Press

Collection Scope: with more than 50 videos (vhs, beta, European), this collection of general management topics is for senior and middle level managers. The collection is international with videos in English, Japanese, Portuguese, and German.

Access: A viewing facility is available for internal staff only. The collection is available to non-HBS affiliates only by special request. Fees are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Contact: Pam Russell, 617-496-8411; prussell@hbsp.harvard.edu

Harvard Film Archive

Collection Scope: an international film collection and document film collection that includes1100 16mm fims and 2200 VHS videos.

Access: A viewing facility is available. See the Archives' home page for more information.

Contact: 617-495-4700.

History of Science

Collection Scope: The collection began in the 1960's with a film rented to use in a lecture course. Since that time film has been added by faculty in response to their teaching needs. There are approximatley 25 VHS video and 16mm films available. Subject covered include: History of Medicine, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences.

Access: A viewing facility is not available, but titles can be borrowed.

Contact: Elizabeth Smith, 617-495-3565; easmith@fas.harvard.edu

Harvard Theater Collection

Collection Scope: 50 16mm films, 600 VHS videos, and 100 videodiscs are available on theater subjects such as Shakespeare, filmed drama, dance, Harvard-Radcliffe student performances, and performing arts, in general. The Theater Collection was started in 1901, and is the oldest and one of the largest collections of historical materials on the performing arts in the country. It is a department of Houghton Library. Many of the videos are listed in HOLLIS

Access: The collection is non-circulating, but limited viewing facilities are available (M-F, 9am-5pm).

Contact: Annette Fern, 617-495-2445; afern@fas.harvard.edu

Harvard-Yenching Library

Collection Scope: approximately 120 VHS videotapes; the videotapes are exclusively on the 1980 Tianamen Square pro-democracy demonstrations in China. The videotape collection is part of the Tianamen Archive, established in 1989, which also contains handbills, petitions, photographs, eyewitness reports, and pamphlets distributed by the demonstrators and the government.

Access: a viewing facility for one person is available by appoitment. The collection does not circulate.

Contact: Chia-yaung Hu, Assistant Librarian for the Chinese Collections; 617-495-3394; hu@fas.harvard.edu

Harvard University Archives

Collection Scope: the Archives has approximately 600 titles in 16mm, 35mm, and VHS format mostly. These materials are included in larger collections of historical and official records that document the history and activities of Harvard and the Harvard community. Records that are captured in motion picture format began entering the Archives in the 1920's.

Access: the collection is non-circulating. Viewing of the VHS videos is possible on site, but an appointment must be made in advance.

Contact: Kate Bowers, 617-495-2461; kate_bowers@harvard.edu

K

Kennedy School, Media Services

Collection Scope: a collection of over 1500 videos of the Kennedy School Forums and other events at the Kennedy School of Government. Taping began in 1978 and approximately 70 videos are produced a year.

Access: the videos are available only to Institute of Politics (IOP) affiliates.

Contact: Mary M. Trainor, mary_trainor@harvard.edu

L

Lamont Library

Collection Scope: approximately 150 VHS videos, including both feature films and films in support of undergraduate course reserves. The collection is particularly strong in German feature films (silent and sound), 1930/40's feature films from Hollywood, and some Harvardiana. Lamont began to collect videos in ernest in 1994 as requested by professors in support of undergraduate courses. Several large CORE classes focus on films in relation to literature, philosophy, and history.

Access: all videos are listed in HOLLIS and on the Lamont Library home page. All videos can be borrowed by Harvard affiliates for 7 days.

Contact: Kathy Anderson, 617-495-4159; kanders@fas.harvard.edu

Language Laboratory, Lamont Library

Collection Scope: approximately 700 VHS videos, European videos, videodiscs, and CD-ROMs. The strength of the collection is language learning, but there are also some cultural films.

Access: several viewing facilities are available. Hours are M-Th, 8am-10pm; Fri, 8am-5pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; Sun, 2pm-10pm. The collection is non-circulating.

Contact: Connie Christo, 617-495-9448.

M

Loeb Music Library

Collection Scope: 650 - 700 VHS videotapes and videodiscs on music, opera, ballet, and world music. The collection grows by approximately 100 - 150 titles per year.

Access: viewing facilities are available whenever the library is open. Titles do not circulate. Titles are listed in HOLLIS.

Contact: Robert J. Dennis, 617-495-2795; robert_dennis@harvard.edu

Morse Music Library, Hilles Library

Collection Scope: a collection of over 700 VHS videotapes and videodiscs that began with the acquisition of the BBC Shakespeare Plays in 1982. The bequest of the Stanton Collection in 1992 provided impetus for collecting feature film and documentary video titles. Many titles continue to be added through orders for course reserves.

Access: the collection circulates to all Harvard affiliates and is listed in HOLLIS. A viewing facility is available whenever the library is open.

Contact: Martin Schreiner; 617-495-8730; schrein@fas.harvard.edu

N

New England Primate Research Center

Collection Scope: The collection is quite small and is determined by need. There are approximately 20 technical VHS videos in the areas of Primatology and Veterinary Laboratory Medicine. The Center has access to a complete collection of "primate" audiovisuals through the Wisconsin Regional Primate Center.

Access: There is a viewing facility that holds 40 people. It is available 7 days/24 hours a day to Harvard affiliates only.

Contact: Sydney Ann Fingold, 508-624-8028; sfingold@warren.med.harvard.edu

News and Public Affairs

Collection Scope: approximately a few hundred tapes that started during Harvard University's 350th birthday celebration. The collection includes stock photography and Harvard events.

Access: the collection does not usually circulate. A 15% surcharge is added to outside duplication requests.

Contact: Joe Wrinn, 617-495-1585; joe_wrinn@harvard.edu

O

Office for the Arts

Collection Scope: approximately 150 titles (16mm, VHS, Beta, European) of the Learning From Performers program, which began in 1975. Subjects covered include jazz concerts, mastu classes, lectures and demonstrations, workshops, and discussions with well-known musicians, dancers, and artists. Recently, efforts have been made to catalog and prepare them for long-term storage and availability for students and scholars (copies now available at Hilles Library).

Access: a viewing facility is available M - F, 9am - 5pm. Some titles are listed in HOLLIS.

Contact: Tom Lee, lee@radmail.harvard.edu; Cathy McCormick, cmccormick@radmail.harvard.edu; 617-495-8676.

Office of Career Services (OCS)

Collection Scope: approximately 250 VHS videos on employer information, job-hunting skills, graduate and professional school information.

Access: available only to students and alumni of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A viewing facility is available for 2 simultaneous users (M-F, 9am-5pm; Wed, 9am-8pm). Individuals should contact OCS for holdings information.

Contact: Susan Vacca, 617-495-2595; smvacca@fas.harvard.edu

P

Peabody Museum, Photographic Archives

Collection Scope: a collection of 135 16mm and 62 35mm films and 48 VHS videos, started in the 1950's as a teaching aid.  The strength of the collection is North and Central American anthropology and archaeology.

Access: a facility for up to 60 people is open whenever the museum is open. Materials may be borrowed by Anthropology teaching staff only. A listing of titles is available.

Contact: Martha Labell, 617-495-3329 or Barbara Isaac, isaac@fas.harvard.edu

Physics Research Library

Collection Scope: The collection was brought together in the early 1990's. Tapes had been distributed in various sections of the department before then, The collection consists primarily of selected graduate course lectures and special lectures at the Department of Physics. The collection numbers around 180 VHS videos and covers theorectical and experimental physics.

Access: Titles are listed in HOLLIS. A viewing facility is available M-F, 9am-5pm. Videos do circulate.

Contact: Michael Leach, 617-495-2878; leach@physics.harvard.edu

R

Radcliffe College Archives

Collection Scope: 28 16mm films and 39 VHS videos on Radcliffe symposia, events, lectures, students, alumnae. This is a passive collection that began in 1979.

Access: a viewing facility for 40 people is available, M - F, 9am - 5pm; by appointment.

Contact: Jane Knowles, 617-495-8662; jane_knowles@radcliffe.edu

Reischauer Institute

Collection Scope: a collection of 20 VHS videotapes on Japan and a few classic films. Generally used by Japanese studies classes.

Access: a viewing facility for 20 is available by appointment to Harvard affiliates only.

Contact: Galen Amstutz, 617-496-3314; gamstutz@fas.harvard.edu

S

Schlesinger Library

Collection Scope for Manuscript Videos and Films: approximately 1250 videos and films in various formats on the history of women, women's studies, feminism, health and reproductive issues, domestic violence, family life, women in politics, social reform, and cookery. A particular strength of the collection are 1980's televised talk shows and interviews concerning women. Most films and videotapes have been donated as part of manuscript collections. The bulk of the films and videos were produced in the last 20 years.

Access: the collection is open to all Harvard affiliates and researches, with some restrictions, but is non-circulating. Videotapes and a small number of films that have been transferred to videotape can be borrowed for research use (witih some restrictions). Rental fees are charged. A viewing facility for 40 is available, but groups must make appointments. (M-F, 9am-5pm). Some titles are listed in HOLLIS. A $50.00 refundable deposit per video, plus part of the charge for making a viewable copy is charged.

Contact: Anne Englehart, 617-495-8647.

Schlesinger Library

Collection Scope for Published Videos: the library received a grant to purchase published videotapes, which now number over 70 titles. The subjects include women's studies, women's history, and cookery.

Access: the collection is open to all Harvard affiliates and researchers. A viewing facility for 40 is available, but groups must make appointments. (M-F, 9am-5pm; Wednesday until 8:00pm when classes are in session). Titles are listed in HOLLIS. with some restrictions, but is non-circulating.

Contact: Wendy Thomas, 617-495-8549; wendy@radcliffe.edu

T

Tozzer Library

Collection Scope: Tozzer holds about 320 VHS videos that cover anthropological and archaeological subjects such world music and dance, American Indian oral histories, and Smithsonian studies. Tozzer also houses about 25 videos on anthropology and archaeology owned by the Peabody Museum.

Access: A viewing facility for three is available whenever the library is open. The videos do circulate.

Contact: Gene De Vita, 617-495-2253; devita@fas.harvard.edu

W

Woodberry Poetry/Farnsworth Reading Room

Collection Scope: approximately 196 VHS videos, of which 157 are poetry related and 39 are movies. There is also a collection of 142 videodiscs of movie classics or movies based on works of literature. The collection began in 1985, when in addition to audio recordings, the Poetry Room began to record some of its events. The Farnsworth movie collection was made possible with the assistance of the Harvard Film Archive and the Harvard Film Studies Department in the 1990's. Access: a video unit is available for individual viewing as well as a large, portable unit for group viewing (M-F, 9am-10pm, Sunday, noon-10pm). Faculty may borrow videos and discs for classroom use. Titles are listed in HOLLIS

Contact: Stratis Haviaras, 617-495-2454; haviaras@fas.harvard.edu

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