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University of the Arts London, Archives and Special Collections Centre

Script for Full Metal Jacket from the Kubrick Archive (courtesy of Archives and Special Collections Centre, University of the Arts London).
The aim of the Archives and Special Collections Centre is to preserve, enhance and promote the rich and varied collections of the University. It seeks to inform, inspire, encourage and excite a diverse range of audiences in support of their creativity, learning and research in the arts, design and communications. In order to do this the centre collects, preserves and gives access to unique archives and special collections related to the teaching topics of the university as a whole. Outreach to schools, other universities and the public is specifically in line with the centre’s plans to promote the collections in the new Centre. A rapidly expanding collection of off-air and prerecorded videotapes and DVDs, covering a broad range of film styles and genres. Growing number of avant-garde and experimental films on video. All material held is in support of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught in the University Media School.
Artefact description
The main collection is the Stanley Kubrick Archive, there is also the John Schlesinger Collection and the Thorold Dickinson Cinema Collection.
Arts; Avant garde films; Printing
The centre is open Tuesday - Friday, 1pm - 5pm and is available to all researchers. An appointment is advisable.
Access for outsiders
Yes. Prior permission required. Apply in writing stating needs.
VHS and DVD playback facilities in Library.
ERA licence

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Varied collection in support of film, television and cultural studies.
approx 4,000 video tapes and 350 DVDs

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Transparencies include computer animation readouts for 2001: A Space Odyssey and paperwork for special effect back and front projection slides. These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Animation artwork and cels; Puppets, models and armatures; Miniature sets; Special effects
The Stanley Kubrick Archive contains every type of documentation described together with a vast wealth of material related to the production and distribution of Kubrick’s films including: Foreign language/subtitle lists and material, various reports on continuity, budgets, progress reports, cinema visitor questionnaires, press clippings, floor plans together with various tests including: focus tests, lighting tests, emulsion tests.
The Thorold Dickinson Cinema Collection contains scripts, contracts, correspondence, other production documents, personal papers, promotional literature, ephemera together with newsletters and press clippings (Other section).; Contracts; Catalogues; Correspondence; Cue sheets; Diaries, unpublished memoirs etc; Lobby cards; Equipment manuals; Sheet music; Scripts and treatments; Storyboards; Personal papers; Posters and promotional artwork; Photographs; Promotional literature; Other production documentation; Ephemera
These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Studio and location lighting; Lighting accessories
Projection & Viewing
These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Slides
Sets & Costumes
These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Costume; Models/maquettes; Set designs; Sets; Hair/wigs
Audio reels, audio tapes and sound meter. These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Microphones; Music
Toys & Games
These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Toys
TV, Video & Digital
Other relates to architectural plans of camera equipment, tape machines, exposure meter and transformer. These artefacts are part of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.; Television/video cameras; Television monitors


Computerised database
Thorold Dickinson’s book collection are on the University of the Arts London library catalogue. The archive boxes of material are uncatalogued at present, and therefore unavailable online. These items will be catalogued in due course.
An online database of the Kubrick Archive scheduled for summer 2008.
Online catalogue
Digitised catalogue

Additional Information

Artefact notes
Dickinson: Cataloguing standard AACR2 level 2, with MARC tags
Kubrick: the collection is being catalogued according to ISAD(G) using ISAAR(CPF) and the UKAT Thesaurus

Main Contact

Sarah Mahurter
Job title
University Archives and Special Collections Centre
020 7514 9330
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle

Alternate Contact

Paul Mellinger (filmscript collection)

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