The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Margaret Herrick Library recently received one of the most comprehensive collections of American movie theater material ever compiled.
Collection was accumulated by longtime companions Tom B’hend, a theater organ enthusiast, and Preston Kaufman, author and head of Showcase Publications.
The material was left to the Academy library by Kaufman’s estate, along with more than $140,000 to process and preserve it.
The library, located in Beverly Hills, attempts to collect every English-language book on motion pictures as well as important foreign materials and selected books in related fields such as television, radio, theater and music.
“The B’hend and Kaufman collection is first and foremost a visual archive,” said library director Linda Mehr of the items that include photographs, postcards, sketches, blueprints and newspaper ads documenting the history and development of film exhibition in the U.S., mostly since the 1940s.