Other Collections

Foreign Exchange Television Series Collection

The Film & Media Archive acquired this collection in 2009. Foreign Exchange is a weekly half-hour international affairs public television series that began in 2005 and is produced by Azimuth Media. The collection contains 229 digital betacam broadcast masters of the program. Stories cover Afghanistan, Africa, Iran, Nepal and deal with the topics of education, women’s issues, environmental stories, and many others.

Gradwohl Collection

Rutherford Birchard Hayes Gradwohl was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1877 and attended Washington University School of Medicine after his family moved to St. Louis. After graduating in 1898, he did an internship at St. Louis City Hospital, then studied pathology in Heidelberg and Berlin, and spent a year at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. After this he returned to St. Louis to teach bacteriology and pathology at the Marion Sims-Beaumont Medical School which later became St. Louis University.  Grahwohl founded the first school for training laboratory technicians in 1920. He also worked as a coroner’s necropsy physician, and in 1934 Gradwhol created the St. Louis Police Department’s first forensic laboratory. He wrote the book, Clinical Laboratory Methods and Diagnosis, first published in 1936. The R.B.H. Gradwohl Collection contains film, audio, video, slides, glass plates, and manuscript material relating to his laboratory and forensic work, including training films for laboratory technicians, footage of students at the Gradwohl School, and Gradwohl’s personal travel films.

Insignia Films Collection

The New York based Insignia Films production company donated the stock footage video out-takes and photographs from their 2003 PBS program Reporting America At War to Washington University in 2007. The program explores the role of American journalists in the pivotal conflicts of the 20th century. From San Juan Hill to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Persian Gulf, the three-hour documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Ives tells the dramatic and often surprising stories of the reporters who witnessed and wrote the news from the battlefield. The collection consists of approximately 100 video tapes, 70 photos, background research materials and notes from archives and footage companies about the footage.

Frank Popper Collection

Frank Popper is a St. Louis-based documentary filmmaker and producer. He has worked for over twenty years as a cinematographer, editor, director, and producer. His films include, Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, a documentary which followed the U.S. Congressional primary race to replace Richard Gephardt  in Missouri, Eroica!, a documentary about the classical music group, Eroica Trio, during a year-long tour in Europe, Peanut Butter Miracle, a documentary about Haiti and global malnutrition. He has also worked as an editor on Homeland, a three-part documentary series on immigration in America, and was a producer of The Lounge People, a comedy starring Amanda Plummer and Buck Henry.  The Frank Popper Collection consists of material produced and related to his documentary films, including outtakes, original interviews and footage.

Vacho Collection

Pierre Vacho, a Chicago native and documentary filmmaker came to St. Louis in 1960 to work for Guggenheim Productions. His best known and most widely seen film is Monument To The Dream, a documentary about the construction of the Gateway Arch. He made many other films including documentaries on the automobile, Eads bridge, the St. Louis 1904 World’s Fair, and many other topics. As a working filmmaker he also produced commercials and industrial films. The collection contains original film elements, video, photographs and manuscript material.