Presented by the Special Collections & Archives Division of the Miami-Dade Public Library System, located at the Main Library.
About the Film Collection
The MDPLS 16mm film collection dates back to 1956 and was developed to be a teaching collection designed to be utilized for public programming. Its holdings include acclaimed feature films such as Rashomon, Alphaville, Joan of Arc, Pandora’s Box, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, what makes this collection special is the wide array of short films, ranging from experimental by notable artists such as Len Lye, Luis Bunel, Homer Groening, Kenneth Anger, Sergei Eisenstein, & John Whitney to the educational produced by the likes of Pyramid Films, Xerox, McGraw Hill, and National Film Board of Canada. The emphasis of the collection has been placed on films of general educational and artistic value for adults, and on those films that offer a creative experience for children. Unique to the collection are Florida specific titles like Enchanted, Metropolis in the Sun, Florida Everglades, A Hurricane Named Betsy, Miccosukee Indian Friends, Salesman, Calling Miami Home, Florida’s Turnpike, Last Night at the S&S, Just Co-incidence, and more.
About the Division of Special Collections & Archives
Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Division of Special Collections & Archives holds rare and irreplaceable historical documents for the benefit of the public and scholarly community. They oversee the Helen Muir Florida Collection, 16mm Film Collection, Cuban Collection of Rare Books & Ephemera, genealogy, Vasari Project, and rare & antiquarian books from as early as the 17th century. The Division's primary goal is to provide the public with the contents of the vault at their request. Its collections include rare books, original manuscripts, over 18,000 photographs, prints, artifacts, audiovisual resources, and electronic media.