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International Arts Society Cinema Club Records, 1953-2007

MS 522

Collection Summary

Creator: International Arts Society Cinema Club
Collection Name: International Arts Society Cinema Club Records
Inclusive Dates: 1953-2007
Physical Description:3 Linear Feet
Abstract:The International Arts Society Cinema Club Records are comprised of financial, planning, and program files, programs, tickets, intermittent membership rolls, and newspaper clippings about the organization for the full span of its existence, 1953-2007. The International Arts Society was founded in 1953 at the University of Arizona in Tucson to “present mature cinema for the enjoyment and edification of University faculty, staff, and students.”
Collection Number:MS 522
Language: Materials in English
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Historical Note

Arthur T. Grant, Robert Hammond, and Frank Hoskins formed the International Arts Society in 1953 to bring foreign cinema to the University of Arizona campus community. Hoskins was Professor of English and left the University in 1954. Hammond was Professor of French, and left the University in 1967. Grant was Educational Research Analyst for the University through the 1960s. Charles Scruggs joined the University of Arizona Department of English in 1967, and became director of the International Arts Society in 1971, seeing it through to its end in 2007.

In the days before personal media, cinema clubs were formed to present foreign, experimental, and avant-garde cinema to enthusiasts. Cinema clubs were often found on college campuses, where audiences were receptive to non-Hollywood film, and where foreign language students would be able to hear spoken language as well as to engage with cultural productions from around the world. From the founding of the earliest cinema club at Smith College in the 1920s through the rise of consumer-grade video, cinema clubs exposed college audiences to cinema as an art form and a window on world cultures. At many colleges in the U.S. after World War II, the cinema club introduced the community to the work of Ingmar Bergman, the French New Wave, Eastern European and Middle Eastern directors, and the national cinemas of India, Mexico, Russia/USSR, to name but a few.

At the University of Arizona, IAS members could see 10 films during the school year, shown on Fridays at 4.40 and 7.15 p.m. for an initial subscription price of three dollars per academic year. Students in foreign language courses were given free admission to the early screening. Over the years, the offerings expanded to weekly screenings, up to 14 per semester, still for less than $10 per year. Most films were shown on 16mm in the Main Auditorium (now Centennial Hall), and after 1971 in the Modern Languages auditorium, with a few on 35mm and in Cinemascope in Gallagher Theater in the Student Union. After a hiatus 1990 to 1999, the IAS returned in 2000 and finally disbanded in 2007.

In its first phase, from 1953-1969, founder A.T. Grant saw the series as an important cultural aspect of a growing university with an international community of students and scholars; late in his tenure the organization began giving small grants from its profits to support student filmmaking projects in hopes of cultivating a film program in the Fine Arts curriculum. The IAS also contributed funds to the sound system upgrade in the Main Auditorium (now Centennial Hall). In the one year during which the Student Union Activities Board (SUAB) ran the series, 1969-70, the records reflect an attitude of maintaining status quo. The 35-year tenure of English Professor Charles Scruggs included more experimental and documentary films, psychedelic program art, revival programs of Hollywood silent films, and a 1982 visit to campus of director Billy Wilder during a four-day symposium on his work. The series went on hiatus 1990-1999, and resumed from Fall 1999 to Spring 2007.

Scope and Content Note

The International Arts Society Cinema Club Records contains yearly records (1953-2007) of the film series, along with film ordering and rental records, intermittent membership records and program notes on each film screened. Correspondence with IAS members and with film distribution companies also appears in annual folders. Supporting files contain programs from other college cinema clubs, film notes organized alphabetically by title, and two folders of organizational history.


This collection is organized into two series.
Series I: History and Yearly Programming Files 1953-2007
Series II: Film Research Files 1953-1990



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Grant, Arthur T.
Hammond, Robert M., (Robert Morris), 1920-
Scruggs, Charles.

Corporate Name(s)
International Arts Society Cinema Club.

Geographic Name(s)
Tucson (Ariz.) – History.
University of Arizona – History.

Cinema club – U.S.
Film society – U.S. – Arizona

Genre Form(s)
Annual Membership Passes
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial Records
Mimeograph masters
Mimeographed and photocopied program Notes
Printed 4-Color Film Series Programs

Administrative Information

Credit Line

International Arts Society Cinema Club Record (MS 522). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series 1: History and Yearly Programming Files, 1953-2007
This series is arranged chronologically. It contains annual film series brochure-calendars, viewing notes for films presented, rental records, membership lists, and correspondence with IAS members, film distributors, and other advisors to campus cinema clubs around the country.
11 IAS History 1953-1966
12 IAS History – Programs 1953-1966
13 Other Film Society Programs 1953-1966
14 Business Records 1962-1963
15 Program Notes 1963-1964
16 Business Records 1964-1965
17 Program Notes 1964-1965
18 Business Records 1964-1965
19 Program Notes 1965-1966
21 Business Records 1966-1967
22 Program Notes 1966-1967
23 Business Records 1967-1968
24 Program Notes 1967-1968
25 Business Records 1968-1969
26 Program Notes 1968-1969
27 Program and Records 1969-1970
28 Program and Records 1970-1971
29 Program and Records 1971-1972
210 Program and Records 1972-1973
31 Program Notes 1973-1974
32 Program Notes 1974-1975
33 Program Notes 1975-1976
34 Program Notes 1976-1977
35 Program Notes 1977-1978
36 Program Notes 1978-1979
37 Program Notes 1979-1980
38 Program Notes 1980-1981
39 HIstory and Research Files 1972-1981
310 Program Notes 1981-1982
311 Program Notes and Billy Wilder Film Festival, October 1982 1982-1983
41 Program Notes and Film Research Files 1983-1984
43 Program Notes 1985-1986
44 Program Notes and Film Research Files 1986-1987
45 Program Notes 1987-1988
46 Program Notes and Business Records 1988-1989
47 Program Notes and Business Records 1989-1990
51 Program Notes 1999-2000
52 Program Notes 2000-2001
53 Program Notes 2001-2002
54 Program Notes 2002-2003
55 Program Notes 2003-2004
56 Program Notes 2004-2005
57 Program Notes 2005-2006
58 Program Notes 2006-2007
Series 2: Film Research Files, 1953-1990
This series is arranged alphabetically by film title. It contains reviews, summaries, and viewing notes from a variety of campus cinema clubs, including Dartmouth, Yale, University of Hawaii, University of California at Santa Barbara, as well as film societies in New York, San Francisco, and other U.S. cities.
59 Films, A 1953-1990
510 Films, B 1953-1990
511 Films, C 1953-1990
61 Films, D 1953-1990
62 Films, E 1953-1990
63 Films, G 1953-1990
64 Films, H 1953-1990
65 Films, I, J 1953-1990
66 Films, K 1953-1990
67 Films, L 1953-1990
68 Films, M 1953-1990
71 Films, N 1953-1990
72 Films, O 1953-1990
73 Films, P, Q 1953-1990
74 Films, R 1953-1990
75 Films, S 1953-1990
76 Films, T 1953-1990
77 Films, U, V 1953-1990
78 Films, W 1953-1990
79 Films, X, Y, Z 1953-1990