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Japanese Film Ephemera Collection

The East Asia Library is delighted to announce that the Japanese Film Ephemera Collection (http://guides.library.yale.edu/content.php?pid=146609&sid=1815960) has been established in Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, and the finding aid for this collection is now available.

About the collection:

Japanese Film Ephemera Collection was initiated by Professor Aaron Gerow, a faculty member of the Film Studies Program and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale University, and the finding aid was compiled by Takuya Tsunoda, a PhD student at Yale University. The materials were collected by Aaron Gerow and also supported by donations. Its main contents are handbills (chirashi), press kits, theater pamphlets, and film newsletters, as well as catalogs, and date from approximately 1970 to the present. Most are in Japanese, with some English-language publicity materials. The collection, which is still expanding, currently covers over 600 contemporary Japanese directors and their films along with major film festivals and film events in Japan. It offers a comprehensive resource for researchers investigating the breadth of contemporary Japanese film and visual culture or those studying individual films and filmmakers.

The collected materials broadly document the great diversity in contemporary Japanese film and its culture and represent types of materials often overlooked by academic collections and archives. Therefore, researchers with a broad range of interests, especially Film and Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Journalism, Sociology, and Art History, may be interested in the collection.

How to search:

Go to the page: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1905
Click "View: Full HTML" (upper right corner) to display the full view of the collection. Press Ctrl and "F" keys to search any keywords (director's names, film festivals etc.) which will appear highlighted to guide you to the folder and box numbers to look into.

For more information, please go to the following site:

Blog post of the collection description by Professor Gerow.

Many thanks to Professor Aaron Gerow for initiating the idea as well as helping us collect materials, Takuya Tsunoda for hard work creating the detailed catalog of the collection, and Bill Landis and Mary Caldera in Manuscripts and Archives for their dedicated help putting the finding aid together.