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Video Press Kits Collection

Creator:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Erol's Video Club.  Search this
Extent:
24 Cubic feet (80 boxes, 11 oversized folders)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Advertisements
Posters
Photographs
Press releases
Date:
undated
1935-1993
Summary:
The Video Press Kit Collection contains press kits produced from the late 1970s to the early 1990s for over 5,000 film titles for domestic and foreign productions dating from the 1930s to the early 1990s. This collection was created by Erol's Video Club in Springfield, Virginia. The date span of the collection reflects the release dates of the films profiled in the press kits.
Scope and Contents:
This collection was complied over approximately ten years by the Erol's Video Club in Springfield, Virginia. The Video Press Kit Collection contains an extensive range (over 5,000 titles) of press kits produced from the late 1970s to the late 1980's for domestic and foreign productions. Materials relating to earlier, vintage film and television are included but only as they pertain to their video release. Within each series, the materials are arranged alphabetically according to title. Some composite title press kits were built around a major title; these kits have been filed according to the most prominently displayed title. Not all secondary titles are listed in the finding aid. Folders containing combined advertisements for more than one movie are filed under the title used in the original order of the material as it was received by the Archives Center. The boxes are described giving an alphabetical range of titles contained in that box. Materials may include press releases, publicity stills, posters, clip-art, ad slicks, advertising, product packaging. Dates, when given, are either video release dates or original theatrical release dates, some entries remain undated since it is unclear what date to assign to the press kit or theatrical release. There may be some series' co-mingling due to original order; the researcher is advised to check all series even if on first glance it may not seem to apply to the title being searched. Works bearing the same title but with different release dates may sometimes be filed together under that title.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into ten series and is arranged alphabetically by video title.

Series 1: Commercial Motion Pictures, 1935-1993, undated, contains press kits relating to the video release for motion pictures that were initially produced for the commercial film market or expressly for a straight-to-video release. They are arranged alphabetically by title and constitute the bulk of the collection.

Series 2: Children, 1985, undated contains titles produced especially to appeal to the children's market. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 3: Documentaries and Educational, 1985, undated contains non-fiction titles produced as either a documentary or for an educational purpose, excepting sports related videos.

Series 4: Instructional, undated contains titles produced for instruction. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 5: Varied Materials, 1985-1993, undated contains a variety of titles and material not easily assigned to any other series and a wide variety of advertising and publicity materials including catalogues, slides, photographs, and ephemera within this series. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 6: Performances, undated contains titles of filmed performances including dance, opera, concerts, and comedy. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 7: Sports and Fitness, 1988, undated contains sports-related titles and fitness videos (i.e., Jane Fonda's Workout). They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 8: TV Series, undated contains press kits for video collections of television shows released on video either singly or as part of a collection. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 9: Video Collections, undated contains titles released as a collection, usually centering on a particular performer, director, or genre. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 10: Oversize Materials, 1947-1993, undated contains oversize stand-up displays and quarter, half, and full size posters. They are foldered according to size and titles are listed alphabetically within their respective folders.
Biographical / Historical:
The explosion of the video rental and purchase industry in the 1980s meant that not only would a motion picture, television show, or even a theatrical production, have a revenue-producing first run, it would have a second revenue generating life on video cassette geared to the home viewing market. The growth of the home viewing market also spurred an industry of exclusively made-for-video productions, compilations of popular and vintage television shows, educational and documentary features, and filmed theatrical entertainment. Video "clubs," as retail video tape rental/purchase stores were called, proliferated as the VCR revolution took hold throughout the United States. At first, local independent one-store operations and small chains dominated the market but within a few years, video rental purveyors had been consolidated into larger national and regional chains. Two examples are Erol's Video Club in the east and Blockbuster Video nationwide. As video moved into the 1990s further consolidation of video clubs took place. Erol's Video Club ceased to exist as a separate entity circa 1992 when it was sold to Blockbuster Video.

To help "sell" the video product and assist video clubs in their rental/sale operations, production companies treated many video releases like a traditional first-run theatrical movie release - by preparing a press kit. These kits included some, but not all, of the standard publicity elements: 8x10 glossy photographs, posters, stand-ups, talent biographies and interviews, reviews, ad slicks, and other types of material. Some press kits were quite elaborate while others contained the barest essentials. Elaborate or simple, the goal of the press kit was to place the video product prominently in the viewing public's mind.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Erol's Video Club Collection, 1984-1991 (AC0687)

The collection consists of advertising and promotional materials for Erol's Video, Inc.
Provenance:
Donated to the Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History from Erol's Video Club in 1993.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. Standard copyright restrictions apply to all copyrighted material.
Topic:
Video recordings industry  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 1980-2000
Posters -- 20th century
Photographs -- 1980-2000
Press releases
Citation:
Video Press Kit Collection, 1935-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0748
See more items in:
Video Press Kits Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0748
Additional Online Media:

Ghanaian popular video movies between state film policies and Nollywood : discourses and tensions

Author:
Meyer, Birgit 1960 March 21-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Ghana Film Industry Corporation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Ghana
Date:
2010
Topic:
Motion pictures, Ghanaian  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Filmmakers  Search this
Call number:
PN1992.934.N6 V54 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_973573

Nollywood goes east : the localization of Nigerian video films in Tanzania

Author:
Krings, Matthias 1967 September 26-  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Tanzania
Date:
2010
Topic:
Motion pictures, Nigerian  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Dubbing of motion pictures  Search this
Call number:
PN1992.934.N6 V54 2010
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_973575

A dramatized society : representing rituals of human sacrifice as efficacious action in Nigerian home-video movies / Jenkeri Zakari Okwori

Author:
Okwori, Jenks Zakari  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2003
Topic:
Video recordings industry  Search this
Motion pictures, Nigerian--Plots, themes, etc  Search this
Filmmakers  Search this
Igbo filmmakers  Search this
Human sacrifice in motion pictures  Search this
Call number:
PL8000.A1 A253
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_778312

Erol's Video Club Collection

Creator:
Wiener, Tom  Search this
Erol's Video Club.  Search this
Extent:
1 Cubic foot (3 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Advertisements
Design drawings
Catalogs
Posters
Newsletters
Date:
1984-1991
Summary:
Advertising and promotional materials for Erol's Video Club. Includes a calendar with advertising and coupons, two binders of member newsletters, newspapers, original design drawings for advertising, and posters.
Scope and Contents note:
The collection consists of advertising and promotional materials for Erol's Video, Inc. Materials include Series 1: The Erol's Video Club Newsletter, 1984-1985, which contains features of the month and items for sale.

Series 2: The Erol's Video Club Newspaper, 1986-1988, features video rentals, tapes for sale, video services, a gift tape guide, rental guide, and coming attractions.

Series 3: Advertising Materials, 1991, undated consist of a calendar, posters, original artwork, and one black and white photo promoting Erol's and it's video products.
Arrangement:
Divided into 3 series: (1) Erol's Video Club Newsletter; (2) Erol's Video Club Product Newspaper; (3) Advertising Materials.
Biographical/Historical note:
A Washington, D.C. area videocassette rental club, founded in 1963. It was later sold to Blockbuster Video.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Erol's Video Club.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Motion picture industry  Search this
Customer clubs  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Genre/Form:
Advertisements -- 1980-2000
Design drawings
Catalogs
Posters -- 20th century
Newsletters
Citation:
Erol's Video Club Collection, 1984-1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0687
See more items in:
Erol's Video Club Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0687

Nollywood : the video phenomenon in Nigeria / edited by Pierre Barrot ; with Ibbo Daddy Abdoulaye ... [et al.] ; translations by Lynn Taylor

Author:
Barrot, Pierre  Search this
Abdoulaye, Ibbo Daddy  Search this
Taylor, Lynn  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 147 p. : ill ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2008
Topic:
Motion picture industry--History and criticism  Search this
Video recordings industry--History and criticism  Search this
Video recordings--History and criticism  Search this
Motion pictures--History  Search this
Video recordings--Production and direction  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_941831

Lagos calling : Nollywood e la reinvenzione del cinema in Africa / a cura di Alessandro Jedlowski, Giovanna Santanera ; contributi di Abdalla Uba Adamu [and ten others]

Editor:
Jedlowski, Alessandro  Search this
Santanera, Giovanna  Search this
Physical description:
327 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Nigeria
Lagos (Nigeria)
Date:
2015
Topic:
Motion pictures--History  Search this
Video recordings--History  Search this
Motion picture industry--History  Search this
Video recordings industry--History  Search this
Intellectual life  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091079

African video movies and global desires : a Ghanaian history / Carmela Garritano

Author:
Garritano, Carmela 1968-  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Ghana
Date:
2013
Topic:
Video recordings--Social aspects  Search this
Video recordings--Economic aspects  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1029971

Laser for Compact Disc Player

Maker:
Sony Corporation  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 1.5 cm x 8.8 cm x 12 cm; 9/16 in x 3 7/16 in x 4 3/4 in
Object Name:
laser assembly
Date made:
1983
1984
Subject:
Laser  Search this
Entertainment, general  Search this
Credit Line:
from Sony Consumer Products Company
ID Number:
1985.0387.01
Accession number:
1985.0387
Catalog number:
1985.0387.01
Model number:
D-5
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Electricity
Lasers
Energy & Power
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_713880
Additional Online Media:

Auteuring Nollywood : critical perspective on The figurine / edited by Adeshina Afolayan

Editor:
Afolayan, Adeshina  Search this
Subject:
Afolayan, Kunle Figurine  Search this
Afolayan, Kunle Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Afolayan, Kunle  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 457 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Interviews
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2014
Topic:
Motion pictures--History and criticism  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Supernatural in motion pictures  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1078362

Loud in Lagos : Nollywood videos / Akin Adesokan

Author:
Adesokan, Akinwumi  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Physical description:
p. 45-49 : ill
Type:
Books
Place:
Nigeria
Lagos
Date:
2004
Topic:
Video recording industry  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Films, Motion Pictures
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830503

Forests of enchantment : Tunde Kelani and the persistence of "visitors" in Nigerian videofilms

Author:
Adesokan, Akinwumi  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Kelani, Tunde Magun: thunderbolt  Search this
Kelani, Tunde Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2005
Topic:
Filmmakers  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Call number:
PN1993.5.A358 A34
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_895888

Hollywood : who really needs it?

Author:
Faris, Stephan  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2002
Topic:
Video recordings industry  Search this
Motion picture industry  Search this
Call number:
AP2 .T37X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_750991

The search for art and prominence : an assessment of the Nigerian home video scene

Author:
Osha, Sanya  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Physical description:
p. 48-55
Type:
Books
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
1998
Topic:
Video recordings industry  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Call number:
VF-- Films, Motion Pictures
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_752237

Amarabella : making grassroots movie that matter / words: Matthew Kalil ; photographs: Jurie Senekal

Author:
Kalil, Matthew  Search this
Senekal, Jurie  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Amarabella (Film project)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
South Africa
Cape Town
Guguletu (Cape Town, South Africa)
Date:
2002
Topic:
Motion picture industry  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Call number:
AP9 .C374
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_756087

Nollywood confidential : the unlikely rise of Nigerian video film

Author:
McCall, John C (John Christensen)  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2004
Topic:
Video recordings industry  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Call number:
DT433.2 .T772
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_757788

Booming videoeconomy : the case of Nigeria

Author:
Balogun, Françoise  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2004
Topic:
Video recordings industry  Search this
Video recordings  Search this
Filmmakers  Search this
Call number:
PN1993.5.A35 F63 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_761079

Africa and the moving image : television, film and video

Author:
Harding, Frances  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Africa
Nigeria
Date:
2003
Topic:
Television programs  Search this
Africans on television  Search this
Motion pictures, African--History and criticism  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Call number:
PL8000.A1 A253
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_778311

Nollywood : le phénomène vidéo au Nigeria / sous la direction de Pierre Barrot

Author:
Barrot, Pierre  Search this
Physical description:
175 p., [8] p. de plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Video recordings  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798061

The art of man must wack

Author:
Adesokan, Akinwumi  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Type:
Articles
Place:
Nigeria
Date:
2001
Topic:
Motion picture industry  Search this
Video recordings industry  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .G558
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_692291

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