Motion Picture Press Kits Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1353
Creators:
Gay Life Magazine
Dates:
1961-2004, undated
bulk 1995-2000
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
3 Cubic feet
9 boxes
Repository:
A collection of promotional photographs and press kits used to promote motion pictures and made for television motion pictures and other entertainment.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of publicity kits and promotional photographs for newly released and re-released motion pictures and television shows. There is a small quantity of material for other entertainment forms: theater, television, music, dance, and tennis. The files may include such items as still photographs of scenes from the films, plot summaries, news clippings, interviews of performers, and press releases. The titles included cover a range of genres and subject matter. The bulk of the material is from 1995-2000. There is one item from 1961 and a small amount of material for the years 2000-2004.
This collection is arranged in one series by title:
Series 1, Motion Picture Press Kits, 1961-2004, undated.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged in one series by title.
Series 1, Motion Picture Press Kits, 1961-2004, undated.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Motion picture, television, and other entertainment producers regularly sent out press kits to news organizations, motion picture theaters, television studios, and entertainment-related publications for publicity purposes. They have been a staple tool of the entertainment industry for decades.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Anne Jones, volunteer, supervised by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archivist, 2014-2016.
Author
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These press kits were collected by Gay Life Magazine, Baltimore, Maryland during the course of journalistic activities. They were donated to the Archives Center through Daniel K. McEvily, Gay Life Magazine editor, when it moved its editorial offices in 2014-2015.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
Motion Picture Press Kit Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use.
Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves. Researchers must use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis, as resources allow.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Related Materials
Materials in the Archives Center
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana (AC0060) Lobby Card, Motion Picture, Television, and Theater categories
Archives Center Business Americana Collection (AC0404) Motion Picture, Television, and Theater categories
Danish Film Stills of American Motion Pictures Collection (AC0543)
Movie Poster Collection (AC0656)
Erol's Video Club Collection (AC0687)
Video Press Kits Collection (AC0748)
Archives Center Poster Collection (AC0751)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection (AC1146) Subseries 4.4: Television, Theater, and Motion Pictures

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Motion picture industry Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publicity photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Press releases Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Film stills Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews -- 1980-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews -- 2000-2020 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings -- 2000-2050 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publicity Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gay Life Magazine Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives