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Finding Aid to the Serious Business Company Records, 1965-1983, bulk 1972-1983
BANC MSS 84/93 c  
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Description
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.
Background
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
Extent
Number of containers: 8 cartons, 1 box and 1 oversize folder Linear feet: Approximately 10.6
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.