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Project Completed – The Makino Mamoru Collection on the History of East Asian Film, 1863-2015 [Bulk Dates: 1920s-1990s] : A New Beginning of East Asian Film Studies and Beyond

The Makino Collection has now been fully arranged.

This archive started with one book by Charlie Chaplin, discovered at a secondhand bookstore. This provoked a passion for cinema in the young man who found it, inspiring him to become a filmmaker. Over the course of fifty years, the archive grew and his passion was realized, as he was established as a filmmaker and scholar, wishing to form a center for film studies. During this time, a number of students of film studies from Japan, as well as internationally, visited his house, which became a maze of archives – many of these students have since become accomplished film scholars.
Now all materials in the collection are open to the public at Columbia, finding a new place to welcome scholars. The broad range of materials in this collection will offer new scholarly perspectives on film studies of the pre- and post-war years for researchers.


The finding aid, a consolidated information list of the collection, is now accessible online, through Columbia University Libraries’ Archival Collections Portal. Please browse through the finding aid, and enjoy the collection that has taken over seven years of processing.


The Makino Mamoru Collection on the History of East Asian Film, 1863-2015 [Bulk Dates: 1920s-1990s]

The Finding Aid URL:  http://findingaids.cul.columbia.edu/ead/nnc-ea/ldpd_7755896

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Welcome to the Makino Collection Blog

The Makino Blog is a place to share interesting materials and announcements about the Makino Mamoru Collection on the History of East Asian Film (牧野守コレクション, Makino Collection) as it is processed.

The Makino Collection is a vast treasure chest of things I have only begun to uncover. Those who have been fortunate over the past 20 years to use the collection at Mr. Makino’s home in Tokyo, know what I mean, but it is full of so much information that I felt a blog might give me the opportunity to let you know where I am at in the processing as well as to give you a peek at some of its holdings. To use the archival materials that are already processed, patrons can contact me to use them in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, Kress Rare Books and Special Collections Reading Room. Since some items are off-site, it is best to allow time for their retrieval.  As I process, I am creating a finding aid which will eventually go online.
Here are some goals for my blog:
1. to cover processing status
2. to give you an insiders view at processing
3. to make announcements related to the Makino Collection
4. to allow reader comments

Collection Overview:
Mr. Makino’s Collection of approximately 80,000 items are mostly located at our off-site facility in New Jersey (ReCAP) and are processed at C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University. The Collection focuses on print materials related to Japanese film that Mr. Makino collected over the course of fifty years. Mr. Makino began collecting materials related to Japanese documentary film, and then expanded his collection to cover film theory, movements, censorship, and other non-film film-related materials. Many of the print materials in the Collection – books, magazines, film scenarios, company documents, ephemera – date to the 1910s and 1920s, when books and critical reviews about cinema proliferated.
For more information about the collection, see the Makino Collection website http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/eastasian/special_collections/makino_mamoru.html

Symposium Announcement:
We will hold our first daylong symposium to examine research in the field of Japanese film studies emerging from the rich holdings of the Makino Collection.
"The Makino Collection at Columbia: the Present and Future of an Archive"
Date: 11/11/11
Time: 9am-5:45pm, with a reception afterward
Place: 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University (at the corner of 116th and Amsterdam Avenue, NYC)
The symposium is open to the public, but please R.S.V.P. to bsk9@columbia.edu

For a list of panelists and their presentations, check the Makino website.

To start us off with an item from the collection, here is a poster for the film, A Thousand and One Nights in Tokyo (Tokyo sen’ichiya), a 1938 film directed by Uchida Tomu/内田吐夢 (1898-1970). There are about 50 posters in all in the Makino Collection.

A Thousand and One Nights in Tokyo (Directed by Uchida Tomu, 1938)

There are many Uchida related materials in the Collection, including 6 scrapbooks created by Mr. Makino that contain photographs and photocopied scenarios pasted together in a storyboard type format all concerning Uchida’s film, Earth (Tsuchi/土), which was made in 1939. Tsuchi was a story of peasant life that was shot in northern Japan.

There is even an interesting copper plate engraving (dōban/銅版) from this film, along with photo albums, photographs, and negatives shot both on location and from a later research visit made by Mr. Makino in 1983 to cameraman Midorikawa Michio/碧川道夫, and to the home and grave of Tsuchi’s author, Nagatsuka Takashi/長塚節 in Ibaraki prefecture.  Uchida materials are organized in the Director Files (series 1) and Photographs and Posters (series 16).