Library Special Collections and Archives comprise manuscripts, papers, and ephemera, including those of Alvin Langdon Coburn, Lewis W. Hine, Zelda Mackay, Southworth and Hawes, and Edward Steichen, among other photographers, collectors, and inventors.
The Leo Hurwitz Collection consists of correspondence and papers (both business and personal), scripts, storyboards, publications and clippings, research materials, financial records, promotional material, interviews, festival materials, film and audio dating from 1910-1992, bulk 1925-1991. The collection covers the whole of Hurwitz’s professional career and to a lesser extent his personal life, but with much overlap in the materials themselves. The collection documents Hurwitz's involvement with many notable figures, including Paul Strand, Elia Kazan, Joris Ivens, Paul Robeson, Ralph Steiner, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henri Langlois, Woody Guthrie, James Blue, and Edwin Rolfe.
Spencer Douglass Crockwell was a commercial illustrator, experimental filmmaker, inventor, Mutoscope collector, amateur scientist, and Glens Falls, New York, resident. The Douglass Crockwell Collection contains Mr. Crockwell's personal papers, professional documents, films, Mutoscope reels, flip books, drawings, and photographs documenting his professional, civic, and personal life.
The James Reese collection consists of artwork, awards, scripts, and materials from film labs, all of which are related to Reese's work. It also consists of 16mm prints of his films, as well as films he collected.
The Lothar Wolff Collection consists of correspondence (both business and personal), photographs, publications and clippings, research materials, awards and citations, artwork, and film and video dating from 1926 to 1987. The bulk of the collection represents Wolff’s professional career, including materials related to completed and proposed film and television projects and other business dealings; very little is of a personal nature. The collection includes material documenting Wolff’s involvement with many notable figures involved in motion pictures, including Louis de Rochemont, Louise Brooks, G. W. Pabst, and Paul Fejos.