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A.R.T. Programming Event: Lights, Camera, Archives! The Allure of Archives in Popular Television and Film

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The James Room at Barnard College, Barnard Hall, 4th Floor, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027


  • For A.R.T. members.
  • For Barnard Students, Faculty, and Staff (must show appropriate ID at the registration desk in order to be granted free admission). Use registration code "BHJR."
  • For non-members.

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The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (A.R.T.) is pleased to announce its November 2014 programming event:

Lights, Camera, Archives!  The Allure of Archives in Popular Television and Film

©Stanley B. Burns, MD & The Burns Archive

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 - 7:30 - Reception
7:30 - 9:00 - Program

The James Room at Barnard College
Barnard Hall, 4th Floor
3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)
New York, NY 10027


Boardwalk Empire
The KnickMad MenDownton AbbeyCopperHell on WheelsTURN.  Recent years have seen a surge of historical television dramas that have been both critically acclaimed and hugely popular.  These series can be so engaging and absorbing that it is often easy to forget that the historical detail and authenticity so vividly captured onscreen, one of the main elements of these series’ success, is the result of painstaking research by directors, writers, designers, and… archivists!

Scan through the credits of any of these series and you will find that they are all indebted to the historical reference services provided by archives and archivists.  Popular media is increasingly recognizing the exceptional value archives bring to the telling of historical narratives, and this in turn is presenting exciting new career opportunities for archivists.

Join us for an entertaining evening exploring the important role archives and archivists are playing in bringing history to life in popular television and film!  This event will feature a distinguished panel of archivists and historians who have played key consultant roles behind the scenes of three major historical dramas.

Our panelists will include:

Dr. Stanley Burns, Elizabeth Burns, and J-Sun Burns of the Burns Archive, which was the primary historical resource used by the team behind the Cinemax/HBO series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh.  Dr. Burns was also a major historical adviser to the series, as detailed in a recent article on Vice.

Shannon O’Neill, Archivist and Librarian at Barnard College (and formerly an Archivist at the Atlantic City Free Public Library), who provided research services for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, who served as a historical consultant on the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann.

A.R.T. Members: $10.00
Non-Members: $15.00
Barnard College Students, Faculty, and Staff: Free (registration code required)

Online Registration Required.  Please register no later than midnight on Tuesday, November 18.  Please note that you MUST pay in advance online in order to attend this program.  (You DO NOT need to have or create a PayPal account to pay online).  If you have any questions or concerns regarding payment, please email programming@nycarchivists.org.

Please be advised that there are no refunds; your registration dollars go towards supporting future A.R.T. Programming Events.

Please note that in attending this event, you automatically grant your consent for the event to be photographed or video-recorded.

If you are a person with a disability and require special accommodations to attend this event, please notify programming@nycarchivists.org.  Special needs requests will be compiled for our host.

For questions regarding registration for this event, please contact programming@nycarchivists.org.

A.R.T. would like to thank its co-sponsors for this event:

Barnard College

The Burns Archive

Greater Astoria Historical Society

A special thanks to Barnard College for graciously hosting this event!

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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