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Harvard Film Archives Joins HCL

On February 1, the Harvard Film Archive (HFA) became the newest unit of the Harvard College Library, falling under the organizational umbrella of the Fine Arts Library (FAL). The Archive, one of the country's most respected repositories for film and related materials, is considered an invaluable resource to Harvard's faculty and students. The decision to move the management of the Archive into the Library was announced by FAS Dean William Kirby, who cited the growing interest among faculty and students in film studies and the use of film in the curriculum. According to the dean, bringing the HFA into the Library, where processes for acquisition, cataloging, and preservation of visual arts material, as well as research services, are already well established, allows FAS to align services for more effective support of the academic program.

"Given the historic synergy between film and art, merging the Harvard Film Archive into the Fine Arts Library is a logical move for FAS," said Katharine Martinez, the Herman and Joan Suit Librarian of the FAL. According to Martinez, the first order of business will be to thoroughly assess the HFA and to prepare a report for the Harvard College Library administration.

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