The FMS Special Collection is an essential research and pedagogical resource for students and faculty, and the FMS Program is a prominent and consistent co-sponsor of campus-wide faculty and student film and media-related events.
The original items in the FMS Special Collection were acquired primarily through the efforts of FMS Program founder, Prof. Richard Gollin (Faculty Emeritus in English). An important addition to the collection was made with the purchase in the late 1980s of a large portion of the personal collection (amassed 1977-1986) of James Card, the first film curator at the George Eastman House. The collection has continued to grow. FMS Program faculty continue to accumulate, through often painstaking and detailed research, items that enhance the Collection as an important and unique pedagogical and research resource.
The FMS Program is committed to working with other departments and programs within the College in purchasing curricular and research materials, contributing to the work of faculty in these units while enhancing the parameters of the FMS Special Collection. The Collection is available to faculty and students across the University for use in the Multimedia Center (items are non-circulating for the general undergraduate community). In addition to regular teaching and faculty/student research, this collection supports undergraduate special events, such as a film series for Black History Month and MLC and FMS Undergraduate Council events.