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Special Collections: Film Collections

About the Film Collections

Spanning the history of American film, theatre and television, the collection features theatre and movie playbills, film press kits and materials from many notable personalities in the American performing arts.

For Access to Film Collections

Many film collections do not have finding aids available online. However, there are many print finding aids located in the Luhrs Reading Room in Hayden Library. The Accession Records of Special Collections also provides brief descriptions of unprocessed film-related collections.  Contact Archivist Katherine Krzys for more information about film collections. 

Star Wars Collection

The Nicholas A. Salerno Star Wars Collection houses Nicholas A. Salerno’s collection of publicity materials and merchandising products for the Star Wars film series from 1976-2005. The bulk of the materials focuses on the original trilogy released from 1977-1983 beginning with Star Wars (1977), which is commonly subtitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980); and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).

Included are press kits and promotional materials; journal, magazine and newspaper articles; still photographs; vinyl phonograph and magnetic tape audio recordings; digital, magnetic tape and film moving images; co-branded and licensed merchandising products; posters; and fabric textiles.

Some of the rare publicity materials include the white Revenge of the Jedi pre-release press kit, and two fold-out posters for Revenge of the Jedi. Merchandising realia include 130 action figures; and the Millennium Falcon, Dagobah and Ewok Village playsets.

Please see the Nicholas A. Salerno Star Wars Collection Finding Aid on Arizona Archives Online for more details. Please note that some boxes have restricted access to preserve the original items. To view restricted materials, please email Katherine Krzys.

Related Article

ASU Star Wars Collection at Hayden Library is a Trove of Jedi Wisdom, by Elizabeth A. Giudicessi, ASU Now

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