A few weeks back Liz posted some great pictures from the Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection we’ve been working on here at the HFA.  The organization and cataloging of this amazing collection has been ongoing since 2009, and we’re pleased to announce that portions of the collection are now accessible and searchable in an online finding aid:

Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection

The collection contains approximately 800,000 film stills, pressbooks, posters, and other ephemera originally amassed by Lothar Just, a Munich-based film publicist.  Just’s collection began in the gathering of image and source material for the annual film lexicons which he continues to publish.

While the collection contains significant holdings from the silent era, its greatest strength lies in vintage images from the 1930s-1970s, as well as images from the last 40 years.  Thanks to Just’s and Munich’s close connection with the New German Cinema, the collection contains important holdings on postwar German film.  The collection is also particularly strong in the areas of German pre-war and very rare Nazi era cinema.  In addition, the Just film stills significantly represent North American and European cinema while including excellent materials for internationally known Chinese, Japanese and Latin American filmmakers.  Much of the material is German-language, regardless of the country of origin.

The finding aid will be updated on a monthly basis as more items are processed and become available for public access, so keep checking back on our progress!

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