Whitney Museum of American Art - Film and Video Archives 1960s to 2010


This entire collection is 243 linear feet and reflects the history of American Film and Video as an art form and includes: (1) Film + Video Artist Files--paper materials kept on individual artists, artist collectives, and film companies that were maintained in conjunction with the film and video department's exhibitions: 30 linear feet. (2) The Film + Video Image Files--visual materials kept on individual artists, exhibitions, film companies, and artist collectives, project or exhibition documentation, photographs and film stills, other rare ephemera: 12 linear feet. (3) General files-- Film & Video curatorial records, exhibition, misc. files: 41 linear feet including: Film and video documentation / records of: American Film & Video Series (1970-1998); New American Film & Video Series (1999-2010); Biennials (1979-2010); Performing Arts Program held at at satellite locations, such as Equitable, Altria, Philip Morris, and Museum affiliates (1970-2010); Education programs, e.g. various Lecture Series, Programs for Docents, Curators' Symposium, Teachers' Courses, Poetry Readings (1960-2010); Adult and public programs, e.g. Seminars with Artists; Initial Public Offerings; Architecture Dialogues; Conversations on Art; Interviews with Artists (1960-2010); and the Media Collection--includes 35 mm, 16 mm and 8 mm film reels, video and beta tapes, audio recordings, laser discs, etc.: 140 linear feet.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded

Year Added



Whitney Museum


  • Carol Rusk

Collection Size

243 linear feet

Date Range

1960 - 2010

Geographic Scope

The Film and Video Archives document the history of our exhibitions, programs/performances held in NY & CT over a period of nearly 50 years, 1960-2010.