Serious Business Company records consist of correspondence (letters, contracts and miscellany); publicity materials (brochures,
programs, flyers, screening calendars, press clippings, photographs and negatives); and accounting and invoice statements
from and to filmmakers. Also included are correspondence and documentation regarding film programs organized by Serious Business
Company, correspondence with film programmers and organizations, and general business records.
Freude Bartlett founded Serious Business Company in 1972 to distribute independent and experimental films. Born out of her
initial forays in distributing her then husband, Scott Bartlett's experimental films in the late 1960s, Serious Business,
"...began...at a time when I was heavily involved in the women's movement both in terms of ideological commitment and community
work. It was a high energy period personally, which was reinforced by the support and energy of the movement. I had left my
husband, I had a young child, and I had just started this business."1
Number of containers: 8 cartons, 1 box and 1 oversize folder
Linear feet: Approximately 10.6
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