Archival Spaces: Memory, Images, History
Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak
Instructor, Chapman University
Jan-Christopher Horak is an adjunct professor at UCLA and Chapman University. He is former Director of UCLA Film & Television Archive. He received his PhD. from the Westfählische Wilhelms-Universät in Münster, Germany, his Master of Science from Boston University, and his B.A. in History from the University of Delaware. He was previously Director of Archives & Collections at Universal Studios, Director of the Munich Filmmuseum, and Senior Curator, George Eastman Museum. He has held professorships at UCLA, the University of Rochester, the Munich Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, the University of Salzburg, and Wayne State University Abroad. Named an Academy Scholar in 2006, he is also the recipient of the Katherine Singer Kovacs Essay Award (2007) and the Reinhold Schünzel Prize (2018). In 2021 he was honored with a Life Achievement Award from the German Association of Cinematheques. His book publications include Film and Photo in the 1920s (1979), Helmar Leski (1983), Anti-Nazi-Films in Hollywood (1985), The Dream Merchants (1989), The First American Film Avant-Garde 1919-1945 (1995), Saul Bass. Anatomy of Film Design (2014). He is co-editor of The L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (2015), which won SCMS Best Edited Collection Award, and the Andor Kraszna-Kraus International Film Book Award and Hollywood Goes Latin (2019). He has published more than 300 articles and reviews on all manner of film historical subjects in English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Swedish, Japanese, and Hebrew publications.
Archival Spaces Blog
This blog is a continuation of a blog I have been writing for over ten years. I started it on an Ithaca College website in 2009 at the invitation of my colleague Patty Zimmermann, who asked me to consider writing about film archival issues, film history, and the interrelationship between the two. Now, unfortunately, defunct. In 2011, I moved the blog, which I had named Archival Spaces to the UCLA Film & Television website, when I became Director of the Archive. Those blogs are still available at the link in the header. The first blog on this site was written in September 2019 but was not published, because I retired from UCLA. This site has been live since December 2019.
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