The Cinema Arts-Crafts technical drawings span the years circa 1930s-1950s and encompass 17 linear
feet. The collection contains more than 1,700 technical drawings for filmmaking equipment in the form of
blueprints and original drawings. 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
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.
17 linear feet of papers.
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