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Belknap Cinema Posters Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ufcinema-posters

Scope and Content

The collection contains 397 cinema posters. The majority of the posters are for individual films, with a small portion of the collection devoted to film festivals. The posters span the history of the film industry, from a newspaper insert for the 1916 D.W. Griffith silent epic "Intolerance," to a mini-poster for the 2017 blockbuster hit "Wonder Woman." Many of the major studios and production companies are represented: the posters advertise productions from 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures, among others. The majority of the films are American productions, although there are a small number of posters advertising European films as well. All genres are covered, from action and science fiction to drama and romantic comedy.

Each individual poster has a description. The description generally includes the title of the film, the measurements of the poster, the year the film was produced, the production company, and the lead actors, screenwriter(s), and director(s) who worked on the film. Where possible, specific terminology for film posters based on size is utilized. For example, "one sheet" is a common industry term for posters measuring around 27 x 41 inches. The collection includes one sheets, mini-posters, newspaper inserts, and more uncommon sizes such as the half sheet. When evident on the poster, a tagline for the movie has also been included in the description.

The posters have been arranged alphabetically by title, and placed in folders. There is a separate folder for the film festival posters and other posters that do not necessarily advertise an individual production; there is also a separate folder of signed posters. These signed posters are part of a Joseph and Amy Federman gift-in-kind donation (2016), in memory of their son, Alex, who collected the posters (see aquisition information for more details).

Dates

  • 1916-2017

Access

The collection is open for research, but researchers should speak with the curator prior to using the materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Belknap Cinema Posters Collection forms part of the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts. Originally founded as a dance archive in 1953, the Belknap Collection has expanded through purchases and donations to include other areas of popular culture, including theatre, cinema, and music.

Extent

27 Linear feet (8 folders (397 posters))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains 397 cinema posters. The majority of the posters are for individual films, with a small portion of the collection devoted to film festivals. The posters span the history of the film industry, from a newspaper insert for the 1916 D.W. Griffith silent epic "Intolerance," to a mini-poster for the 2017 blockbuster hit "Wonder Woman."

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

The majority of the collection was accured over time through various purchases and donations to the Belknap Collection for the Performing Arts. The collection includes posters donated by Joseph and Amy Federman in 2016, in memory of their son Alex, who collected the posters. The Federman posters have been integrated with the rest of the collection. Those that were donated are noted as such in the description of the poster in the contents list. All of the signed posters in Folder 8 are also part of the Federman gift.

Related Material

Also available in the University of Florida Department of Special and Area Studies Collections:

THE JIM LIVERSIDGE POPULAR CULTURE COLLECTION includes an extensive collection of cinema posters and other cinema-related promotional material (programs, souvenir books, publicity and promotional photographs, lobby cards, etc.)

THE EFRAIN BARRADAS MEXICAN AND CUBAN FILM POSTER COLLECTION

Title
A Guide to the Belknap Cinema Posters Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Steve Hersh
Date
March 2018
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755