The Cinema Arts-Crafts technical drawings span the years circa 1930s-1950s and encompass less than 1 linear foot of manuscripts
and photographs and 1,830 technical drawings and blueprints for filmmaking equipment. The drawings are by R. Otto, Erlundson,
and others. There is a small amount of miscellaneous papers, including manufacturer's brochures and photographs. Other companies
represented include Cinema Manufacturers, Consolidated Film Industries, and Fried Camera Company. Cinema Arts-Crafts was in
existence from at least 1941 to 1957. The material in the collection from the 1930s appears to be related to A. Barsam's earlier
business ventures, such as Barsam-Tollar Mechanical Works.
Cinema Arts-Crafts was an American company, located in Hollywood, California, that specialized in manufacturing cinema machinery
during the 1940s and 1950s. A. Barsam owned and operated the company that designed and built specialized laboratory and photographic
equipment and machinery, including camera equipment and mounts, printers, developers, and rewinders. Much of the equipment
appears to be for the 16mm market or 35mm microfilm.
.2 linear feet of papers.
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