Fonds F0117 - Seth Feldman fonds

Accession 2006-029

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Seth Feldman fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material
  • Sound recording
  • Moving images
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12.5 m of textual records
367 audio cassettes
9 audio cassettes : DAT
22 videocassettes
1 computer disk (Hi-MD) ; 7 x 7 cm
41 optical discs : CD-R
33 optical discs : MiniDisc
17 optical discs : DVD
6 optical discs : compact disc
3 photographs
1 print ; 33 x 22 cm
1 microfilm reel
2 objects : plaques ; 18 x 12.5 cm

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Seth Feldman (1948-) is a professor, writer, broadcaster and university administrator. Born in New York City, he received his B. A. from The Johns Hopkins University (1970) and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1976). He taught film courses in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario (1975-1983) and film and video studies at York University (1983-1988) before becoming Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York in 1988. Feldman was appointed as Dean in 1992, a position he held until 1998. He has held a University Professorship at York University since 2001. Feldman, who is a founder and past president of the Film Studies Association of Canada, is a much-published writer on national and international cinema and television. In particular, he has edited three anthologies on the subject of Canadian cinema and has written two books on the Soviet director Dziga Vertov. In addition, he is the author and broadcaster of more than 21 radio documentaries for the CBC Radio programme “Ideas” and “Vanishing Point”. His extensive arts and media commentaries have appeared regularly on the CBC and in the Globe and Mail. From 2000 to 2001, Feldman was Chair of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, and he has served as a Director of the Centre since 2003.

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Fonds consists of textual and audiovisual materials pertaining to Seth Feldman’s work as an academic and professor of film studies, university administrator, film critic, and writer and presenter of radio documentaries. These records are research files, taped interviews, successive drafts of scripts, transcripts, and recordings of programmes produced for the CBC radio series “Ideas” and his dramatization of Herma Maximo’s “The Ultimate Threshold”, prepared for the CBC radio programme “Vanishing Point”. Also included are film-related subject files maintained by Feldman; notebooks and research notes; material related to the Film Studies Association of Canada; course materials, notes, lecture recordings, correspondence, and student papers pertaining to Feldman’s work as a professor and Dean of Fine Arts at York University; drafts of a screenplay inspired by the George James Grinnell book “A Death on the Barrens”; a collection of film magazines; copies of recent films produced in Turkey; copies of films directed by Allan King; and research materials relating to Feldman’s work on Dziga Vertov.

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  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish

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Restrictions on access

Some restrictions apply on certain records in 1998-026 and 2009-054. All permission requests must be directed via the University Archivist.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Any reproduction of material in accession 2002-019 may only be done with written permission of the donor. Inquiries should be directed via the University Archivist.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1996-004, 1998-026, 2001-002, 2002-019, 2003-034, 2006-029, 2009-054, 2010-061, and 2017-036. Further accruals may be expected. Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives.

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2003/01/21 Sean Smith:. (Creation)
2003/01/21 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/01/22 Ken Hernden. Updated extents, biographical sketch, and provenance and subject access points.
2003/01/22 S. Dubeau. Updated access and reproduction restrictions.
2003/04/08 Shannon MacDonald. Add URL for online finding aid.
2003/09/22 Sean Smith. Updated description to include 2003-034.
2011/06/01 Jennifer Grant. Updated description to include 2009-054 and 2010-061.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2017/11/20 C. Long. Updated description to include 2017-036.
2019/04/10 KCP. Added related material note (F0653).
2020/04/01 KCP. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Added offsite storage notes. Updated fonds level extent. Published description and generated finding aid.

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  • English


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