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Indiana Film Council records

Identifier: L427

Scope and Contents

The papers of the Indiana Film Festival cover the period from 1973 to 1983. The collection has three series: administrative records, membership records, and program materials.

The first series, administrative records, is arranged first alphabetically by category and then chronologically with the folders. These materials include by-laws of the Indiana Film Council, rosters identifying directors and officers (1973-1981), minutes of both the board of directors and Executive Committee meetings (1973-1980), and forms devised for basic record keeping, recruitment, and promotion. Folders of correspondence have been separated into two categories: letters written by IFC presidents (1974-1979) and general correspondence directed to the organization as a body (1974-1980). Presidential correspondence documents the initiation in 1976 of a Joint Commission to represent organizations with an interest in film throughout Indiana, including the IFC.

Other administrative records include materials concerning grant funding, bank statements, financial statements, and ledger sheets. There are also extensive records of disbursements and reimbursements, accompanied by required documentation.

The second series, membership records, is also first arranged alphabetically by subject or type and then by date. This series contains the IFC Newsletter (1973-1983), membership directories (1976-1977 and 1978-1979), and membership records (1974-1980). Additionally, the series contains certificates and awards granted to members and evaluations of the IFC by members.

The third series, program materials, contains documents related to each of the IFC annual Indiana Film Festivals (1976-1981), as well its other programs: including the CETA Filmmaker-in-Residence Program, Hoosier Children’s Film Theater, and other workshops. Also included are forms for the 1977 Indiana Film Industry Survey, and photographs and slides from the Third Annual Indiana Film Fest in 1978. There are also shirt decals (B018).


  • 1972-1983


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Indiana Film Council was chartered as an Indiana non-profit corporation in 1973 to provide an organization for film professionals interested in promoting the production, utilization, appreciation, and distribution of film. It was a statewide organization open to anyone interested in film. Members represented such professional interest areas as public schools, public libraries, public educational television, commercial and non-commercial film production and distribution, museums and art centers, art councils, film study, visual literacy study, and private film collection.

Indiana Film Council members met several times each year to share information and make professional contacts. In 1976, the Indiana Film Council held its first film festival in New Harmony. The festival became an annual event, which continued through 1981. Deriving its support from arts endowments and foundations plus annual membership dues, the Indiana Film Council was also able to fund these special programs: Hoosier Children’s Film Theater, a CETA Filmmaker-in-Residence program, and an Indiana Film Industry Survey, which collected and disseminated information on the status of film services and facilities in Indiana. Throughout the year, the IFC offered a variety of workshops and seminars for its members on such topics as 16mm and super-8 film production, animation, film laboratories, and classic film preservation. Members also received a newsletter.


1.63 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Administrative records, 1973-1983

Series 2: Membership records, 1975-1981

Series 3: Program materials, 1974-1981

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

B018: Indiana Film Council shirt decals

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2001 by Philip N. Williams. Collection re-processed 2012/07 by Laura E. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/14 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/03/30 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2023/02/01 by Lauren Patton.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.