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Kartemquin Films Collection

Small boxes of Sony reel film from the Kartemquin Collection, most with labels reading "Hoops" or "Hoops Dreams."

The award-winning nonprofit production company Kartemquin Films donated the physical materials in its archives to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive (FMA).

Filmmakers associated with Kartemquin Films have produced 70+ documentary films that focus on social justice issues and the experiences of marginalized groups since its founding in 1966. The FMA has received an extensive collection of materials from Kartemquin that includes 3,500 cans of film, over 11,000 videotapes, more than 2,000 audio items, and 440 boxes of papers.

A Kartemquin Films Collection box with the contents labeled as "Gender Gap Production Notes."

Kartemquin’s gift signaled the start of an ongoing relationship between the organization and Washington University. Work is being done to promote Kartemquin’s important filmmaking legacy. Given its size and scope, the collection will take some time to process.

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Processing of the Kartemquin Films Collection is currently underway.


Andy Uhrich
Job Title
Curator of Film and Media
Phone Number
(314) 935-3301