Sammlung Stern – Altertumswissenschaftliches Filmarchiv

The Sammlung Stern originates in the work of archaeologist, film researcher and museum educationalist Tom Stern (1958-2016). The collection is hosted by the University of Göttingen and curated by Imagines member Dr Martin Lindner.

The Sammlung Stern comprises the probably largest private collection of educational and documentary films on prehistoric, archaeological and ancient historical topics. A smaller second part of the archive contains movies and series with a similar thematic focus, but also unpublished cuts, copies entered into (and recordings of) film festivals as well as accompanying material and projection equipment. The productions date from the 1920s up to the early 2010s, preserved on a combination of different data carriers from 16mm reels to DVDs. The collection was transferred to the Göttingen Department of Ancient History in August 2017.

The Department is currently in the process of taking inventory of the relocated stock.  The medium-term aim is to digitalize all films of specific importance and/or affected by data degradation. Once this is accomplished, the Sammlung Stern should be make available for research via the Göttingen Library Catalogue. In addition, a dedicated space within the University will make possible the direct access to the Sammlung for individual researchers and for teaching and learning purposes.

For more information on this project and the work of Tom Stern:

Dr. Martin Lindner

Universität Göttingen
Althistorisches Seminar
Humboldtallee 21
37073 Göttingen

office: 2.405
phone: 0551 – 394719
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