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At a Glance
Professional and personal papers of Robert J. Flaherty and of his associates Frances Hubbard Flaherty and David Flaherty, concerning his career as an explorer in the Hudson Bay area, and as a film-maker from 1913 until 1951. The collection includes correspondence, diaries, financial records, scripts, publicity materials, his books, short stories, and articles and stills from his films including NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922), MOANA (1925), MAN OF ARAN (1934), ELEPHANT BOY (1937), THE LAND (1941), and LOUISIANA STORY (1948). Also, files of the Robert Flaherty Foundation, including the later personal papers of Flaherty's wife, Frances Hubbard Flaherty.
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: CMI Boxes 81-96. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
1) No original materials may be removed from the library at any time.
2) Requests for photoduplication must be made in writing to one of the officers of International Film Seminars.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Joseph Flaherty papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
On permanent deposit from International Film Seminars, Inc., 1966, 1979.
Photographs by Robert J. Flaherty, Frances H. Flaherty, and others are: on extended loan to the Flaherty Study Center, School of Theology, Claremont College, Claremont, CA 91711.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/1989.
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-02-07 XML document revised created by Catherine C. Ricciardi. Revised library's statement on the required use of microfilm copies. Removed outdated restriction statements regarding Boxes 11-14.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Film producer and director, pioneer in the documentary film. Robert Joseph Flaherty was married to Frances Hubbard Flaherty. His brother was the documentary film-maker David Flaherty.
The Robert Flaherty Foundation, later absorbed by International Film Seminars, Inc., was established after Flaherty's death to encourage study of "the Flaherty method" of film-making, to advise young directors, and to ensure the continued availability of the Flaherty films.