Black Film Center/Archive

About Black Film Center/Archive

The Black Film Center/Archive was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. Information about the BFC/A, and its collections and programs, is available on its website at

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Gugler Film Collection

Josef Gugler African and Middle Eastern Film Collection

The Gugler collection contains a variety of formats such as posters, handbills, flyers, lobby and window cards, and postcards used to promote films created by and featuring African and Middle Eastern filmmakers and artists. The items represent a wide range of countries throughout these regions and include nearly 1200 posters and 12 boxes of smaller sized promotional items representing over 500 unique works by approximately 350 filmmakers. French and German releases of films are particularly well represented, but a large number of items are also in Polish, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, and various other languages. More information on the Gugler collection is available at: