26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.:
Our collections of films are not only of work by artists, that "document" their own concerns, but also document the perspectives, images, and sense of who we are as a culture. The films here at Anthology constitute a unique window onto the civilization of the twentieth and now the twentyfirst centuries. (Of course we have major collections of films by over 100 film-makers from the 20th century.) The paper collections in the library are complete to a degree very rare in the US--our periodicals and books on cinema have not been razored by the "scholars" who have plundered so many library collections. We have over 200 periodical series, with over 40,000 individual issues. The vertical files cover approx 8,000 individuals, and 300 organizations. There is also a still photo collection of over 3,000 photographs, with half of them available nowhere else. A major project coming up in the next five years is the preparation and publication (on paper and on the internet) of a Biographical Encyclopedia of American Avant-Garde Cinema.