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Educational Film Rental Center Collection

An inventory of the collection) at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Apr 2018

Biographical History

Syracuse University's Film Rental Center was a lending library of 16mm films. The date the Center was established is unknown, as is the date it ceased operations, but according to information found in the Syracuse University Archives, in 1965 the Center was operating out of a building at 1455 East Colvin Street. According to a 1978 article in the Syracuse Post-Standard, it offered "[m]ore than 10,000 titles, mostly educational rental fees ranging from $5 to $100" (Syracuse Post-Standard, Nov. 10, 1978, p. 26). The Center may at one time have been affiliated with the School of Education (records are incomplete). Eventually the films (or at least some of them) were transferred to the Media Collection at the University's E. S. Bird Library on Waverley Ave. In 2016 these 28 films were transferred to Special Collections Research Center; the fate of the rest of the collection is unknown.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Educational Film Rental Center Collection contains 28 films. The films range from documentaries on Hinduism and Frank Lloyd Wright to an animated short film about a grasshopper.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are physically arranged by ID number. They are listed alphabetically by title in the inventory below. All items are barcoded; please request by ID number.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Access to films requires advance notice for production of a use copy.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Adato, Perry Miller.
Alexeieff, Alexandre, 1901-1982.
Antonini, Alfredo.
Bergen, Edgar, 1903-1978.
Braverman, Charles.
Burns, George, 1896-1996.
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985.
Claudon, Paul, 1919-2002.
Cronkite, Walter.
Dalii, Salvador, 1904-1989.
De Chirico, Giorgio, 1888-1978.
Elijah Muhammad, 1897-1975.
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976.
Fields, W. C. (William Claude), 1880-1946.
Flaum, Marshall.
Gable, Clark, 1901-1960.
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948.
Haesaerts, Paul, 1901-1974.
Hays, Lora.
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963.
Killiam, Paul, 1916-1998.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Kleinerman, Isaac.
Kleinsinger, George, 1914-1982.
Klée, Jean-Paul.
Labisse, Félix, 1905-1982.
Laughton, Charles, 1899-1962.
Lomax, Louis E., 1922-1970.
Magritte, René, 1898-1967.
Masson, André, 1896-1987.
McQuade, Walter.
Miró, Joan, 1893-1983.
Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962.
Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881.
Parker, Claire, 1906-1981.
Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973.
Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916.
Resnais, Alain, 1922-2014.
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908.
Robbe-Grillet, Alain, 1922-2008.
Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972.
Schedel, Hartmann, 1440-1514.
Semmler, Alexander, 1900-1977.
Seyrig, Francis.
Séchan, Edmond, 1919-2002.
Smith, H. Daniel, 1928-
Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974.
Taylor, Gardner C.
Turell, Saul J., 1921-1986.
Vertov, Dziga, 1896-1954.
Wallace, Mike, 1918-2012.
West, Mae.
Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959.
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965.

Corporate Bodies


Associated Titles

Last night at Marienbad.
Nuremberg chronicle.
One-eyed men are kings.
The hate that hate produced.


Animated films.
Documentary films.
Educational films.
Race relations -- United States.
Radio comedies.
Trials (Witchcraft) -- Massachusetts -- Salem.



Genres and Forms

16mm (photographic film size)
Film reels.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Educational Film Rental Center Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transferred from 4th floor media collection, 2017. Original provenance and source of acquisition unknown.

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