Jack C. Ellis (1922-2009) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Jack Ellis Papers fill just one box, but touch on many aspects of Ellis’s teaching career. C.V.s, annual updates, bibliographies, news clippings, and press releases document the courses he taught, his professional activities, and his publications. Of particular interest is an unfinished, draft manuscript of an autobiography.
One file of correspondence, dating mostly between 1989 and 1990, covers a range of topics, from inquiries by Ellis about purchasing films and books, to requests for recommendations, to notes from former students. Teaching files consist mainly of syllabi, but also include several comprehensive bibliographies, and a description of the Film Program at Northwestern (circa 1966). A bibliography of film resources in the Northwestern University Library (compiled as a course project by a student) and a description of the NEH Summer Seminar on Film History (1980) are filed in separate folders.
Articles and reprints include just a few of Ellis’s many publications. Proposals include those for a book on documentary filmmaker John Grierson and for a film history textbook, as well as a lengthy proposal to the NEH for a multi-author, multi-volume historical/critical analysis of the Robert Altman film Nashville.
- Ellis, Jack C., 1922-2009 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Professor of film studies and filmmaker Jack C. Ellis came to Northwestern University in 1956 as a lecturer, and became full professor in 1966. He served as Chair of the Radio, Television, and Film Department from 1980 to 1985. The Jack Ellis Papers fill just one box, but touch on many aspects of Ellis’s teaching career. Curricula vitae, annual updates, bibliographies, news clippings, and press releases document the courses he taught, his professional activities, and his publications. Of particular interest is an unfinished, draft manuscript of an autobiography.
Method of Acquisition
The Jack Ellis Papers were donated to the University Archives by Jack Ellis on January 6, 1997 as Accession Number 97-4 and by the R/TV/F Department of the School of Communication on July 5, 2000 as Accession Number 00-212. Materials from the Archives’ Faculty Biographical Files were added to the Papers.
A few duplicate items were discarded. Several items relating generally to the Radio/TV/Film Department were separated and added to the RTVF General Files.
Janet Olson, May 2007.
- Guide to the Jack C. Ellis (1922-2009) Papers
- Janet Olson
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