Finding Aids

The George Eastman Museum finding aids are discovery tools that enable users to access unique primary resources housed in the museum’s collections. In addition to providing the researcher with an inventory of a particular collection’s contents, a finding aid also provides information about its structure and the context in which the materials it comprises were created. The Eastman Museum follows the standards recommended by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Available finding aids are linked below. Each finding aid is available as an EAD/XML document or PDF, which can be downloaded by clicking the appropriate button at the top of the individual finding aid pages. Finding aids for more collections held by the Eastman Museum will be added to this page on a continual basis.

For more information about how to access the materials these finding aids describe, please contact us. Select the main collection area from the Area of Interest menu, and in the comment section, provide a brief summary of the materials you would like to access along with the items’ box and folder numbers.


Douglass Crockwell collection, 1897–1976

Physical Extent: 30.1 cubic feet
Spencer Douglass Crockwell was a commercial illustrator, experimental filmmaker, inventor, Mutoscope collector, amateur scientist, and Glens Falls, New York, resident. The Douglass Crockwell Collection contains Mr. Crockwell's personal papers, professional documents, films, Mutoscope reels, flip books, drawings, and photographs documenting his professional, civic, and personal life.

Leo Hurwitz Collection, 1910-1992

Physical Extent: 89.5 cubic feet
The Leo Hurwitz Collection consists of correspondence and papers (both business and personal), scripts, storyboards, publications and clippings, research materials, financial records, promotional material, interviews, festival materials, film and audio dating from 1910-1992, bulk 1925-1991. The collection covers the whole of Hurwitz’s professional career and to a lesser extent his personal life, but with much overlap in the materials themselves. The collection documents Hurwitz's involvement with many notable figures, including Paul Strand, Elia Kazan, Joris Ivens, Paul Robeson, Ralph Steiner, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henri Langlois, Woody Guthrie, James Blue, and Edwin Rolfe.

James Reese collection, 1941–1983

Physical Extent: 1.5 cubic feet
The James Reese collection consists of artwork, awards, scripts, and materials from film labs, all of which are related to Reese's work. It also consists of 16mm copies of his films, as well as films he collected.

Lothar Wolff collection, 1926–1987

Physical Extent: 25.4 cubic feet
The Lothar Wolff collection consists of correspondence (both business and personal), photographs, publications and clippings, research materials, awards and citations, artwork, and film and video dating from 1926 to 1987. The bulk of the collection represents Wolff's professional career, including materials related to completed and proposed film and television projects and other business dealings; very little is of a personal nature. The collection includes material documenting Wolff's involvement with many notable figures involved in motion pictures, including Louis de Rochemont, Louise Brooks, G. W. Pabst, and Paul Fejos.