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Donate a Collection to the WCFTR

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, a unit of the University of Wisconsin's department of communication arts, working with the Wisconsin Historical Society, is actively engaged in collecting, preserving, and making available to researchers significant materials in film, video, broadcasting, and theater. For over forty years we have acquired and encouraged research in the papers and audio/visual materials of significant producers, directors, writers, actors, and organizations who collectively make up the history of American film, broadcast, and theatrical culture. We are interested in collecting business records, contracts, correspondence, scripts, manuscripts, personal papers, photographs, stills, scenarios, shooting scripts, and publicity materials, as well as films, tapes, and digital recordings; in short, significant primary materials that will enhance our understanding of American media culture. Our website provides extensive information about our collections, which include many of the most significant figures in American media history.

We are particularly interested in the collections that combine film, video or sound material with extensive paper documentation. The WCFTR uniquely combines these elements within single collections—not separating them as many archives do—believing that works of artistic creation remain historically most significant when the background of their production can be studied.

Please contact us by phone, email, or letter if you would like more information about your potential donation to the archives of the WCFTR.


Donate Funds to WCFTR

We depend on donations to keep up our operations, to support special projects like our Featured Collections pages, and to fund student research in the archives. If you care about keeping our media history heritage alive, your gift to support our collection, preservation, and access activities is a wonderful way to show it. Any size donation is appreciated.

Giving Options

If you wish to contribute online, you may do so by clicking this link to University of Wisconsin Foundation.

If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation by standard mail, please print and fill out the gift form available from the UW Foundation. Please indicate the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research as the recipient of the donation.
 You can then mail your donation to the UW Foundation address provided on the form (also listed below for your convenience).

Thank you for your support!

University of Wisconsin Foundation
US Bank Lockbox 
PO Box 78808
Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807

For more information on making a gift of securities or including the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in your estate plans, please contact:

Andrew P. Kitslaar
Director of Develpment
College of Letters & Science
University of Wisconsin Foundation
608.263.1658 (office)
608.572.4229 (mobile)