One of our fabulous summer interns recently finished processing a very interesting new collection of educational science films that were donated to the HFA in 2010 by the Harvard Science Center Media Services Department.  The Harvard Science Center Film Collection features educational science films from 1933 to 1998 focusing on a variety of scientific subject matter including physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy. The intended audiences for most of these films were high school students, though some were produced for military training or general audiences.

Take a peek at the finding aid for more info on the collection and how to access individual titles!

still from "Powers of Ten"

Canadian Censorship

August 12th, 2011


Poster for Billy Wilder’s ONE, TWO, THREE (1961), from the HFA’s poster collection.  Poster by Saul Bass.


Classified by the Ontario Board of Censors as ADULT ENTERTAINMENT!

James E. Hinton Collection

August 5th, 2011

This week I posted a newly created finding aid for the James E. Hinton Collection onto Harvard’s OASIS site:

James E. Hinton Collection, 1968-1992 : Finding Aid

James Hinton (1936-2006) was a photographer, cinematographer, and filmmaker who worked in a wide-variety of film genres.  First a photographer, Hinton began making photographs while he was an active participant in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s. As a witness to the violent reactions that the movement provoked in the American South, he captured moments that were often overlooked by the mainstream media. In 1963 he began exhibiting his photographs and then went on to study at the highly regarded Kamonge photography workshop for African Americans in New York in 1965.

In the late 1960s he began work in filmmaking, and is probably most remembered for his cinematography on Bill Gunn’s 1973 blaxploitation vampire horror picture Ganja & Hess.  With his work on that film, Hinton changed the look of African-American filmmaking by insisting that the skin tones of the black actors and actresses in the film not be lightened photographically, a technique which was standard at the time.  Hinton later established his own production company that primarily worked on industrial and sponsored documentaries.  Tying into the themes of his earlier photographic work, Hinton Productions produced a number of interesting educational documentaries concerned with community action, the role of the arts in the development and education of communities, and issues surrounding the African-American community specifically.

The James E. Hinton materials at the HFA consist of approximately 170 unique motion picture, video, and audio items from all ranges of Hinton’s career. Take a look at the finding aid and explore this interesting collection!