Division of Audio Visual Education records
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Extent7.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
Over the course of several years, the film research department surveyed approximately 900 films in order to find the estimated 130 it made use of in its classes. Concurrently the department researched a variety of topics including film distribution, use of audiovisual equipment in retail stores and other industries, and the production and use of business-sponsored films. In the early 1950s, the film research department found that it lacked a “well-defined integration with the educational arm of the Business School” and proposed possible solutions to the question of its future organization, including building a library of business films that would be of use to other institutions throughout the country, researching the possibility of filming likely case material, and finally pressing for the establishment of a film center that would serve all of Harvard University. Over the course of the next decade, George W. Gibson (who was hired in 1953 to reorganize and direct the newly named Division of Audio Visual Education), alongside Samuel S. Zanghi and other staff members experimented with commercial films that were edited into filmed cases and undertook the production of specially designed filmed cases as well. Filmed cases produced by the Division of Audio Visual Education includes Merrill, Vine Brothers, and Athena Electronics.
During the 1960s the department continued renting films for classes but it also expanded its operations to include recording and photographing seminars and events at Harvard Business School.
By: Mary Samouelian
- Division of Audio Visual Education. Division of Audio Visual Education Records, 1945-1971: A Finding Aid
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