May 26, 2022

C. V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley Acquires the largest Chinese Film Studies Collection in North America

From UC Berkeley Library:

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley today announces its acquisition of the largest and most comprehensive Chinese film studies collection in North America. The over-70,000 periodicals, posters, photographs, and ephemera contained in the Paul Kendel Fonoroff collection document the development of the film and entertainment industry of greater China from its inception in the early decades of the twentieth century to the 1990s.

“This amazing collection makes Berkeley the premier research information center of Chinese film studies in the country,” says Peter Zhou, director of the C. V. Starr East Asian Library.

The library acquired the collection in 2015, and has spent the past year receiving the materials and developing a comprehensive website that scholars at UC Berkeley — and across the world — can access to gain a fresh perspective on the history of Chinese popular culture, media, and social life. The public can also learn more about Fonoroff’s experience as a collector.


The collection includes:

  •       436 pre-1950 periodicals in 5,901 issues
  •       239 post-1950 periodicals in 4,638 issues
  •       4,195 posters
  •       21,233 lobby cards, in 2,194 sets
  •       3,332 theater flyers
  •       4,370 scripts, booklets, and novelettes
  •       5,976 pieces of ephemera
  •       9,214 photographic negatives and slides
  •       4,145 stills and publicity photos
  •       837 VHS tapes
  •       2,450 articles and columns authored by Paul Fonoroff
  •       5,637 Mao badges

Learn More About the Collection and Paul Fonoroff, Read the Complete Article

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