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Thank you for your interest in the G. William Jones Film & Video Collection. We are always happy to discuss a prospective gift of moving images or related materials and its potential appropriateness to SMU collections. We are also grateful for direct financial support. The Jones Collection receives no funding from SMU's operating budget. Your contribution can make a tremendous difference in preserving moving images and related materials.
Because the Jones Collection has limited resources, it cannot accept every gift that is offered. If the Jones Collection is unable to accept a gift, staff may be able to help with referrals to other archives.
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The G. William Jones Film and Video Collection is a department of the Hamon Arts Library, which is a branch of Central University Libraries at Southern Methodist University. Policies of the Jones Collection may defer to or be superseded by policies of these parent structures.
The principal purpose of the Jones Collection is to support education through the study, preservation, and presentation of moving images. To this end, the Collection maintains moving images in a wide variety of formats, examples of related equipment, print materials associated with moving images, and a climate-controlled storage facility. Significant holdings include films made by and for African Americans from the 1930s through the 1950s, pre-nickelodeon silent films, classical Hollywood cinema, educational film, news film and video, and moving images documenting the activities of Southern Methodist University.
The head of the Jones Collection, in consultation with the director of the Hamon Arts Library, is responsible for the development and preservation of collections. Materials are acquired through select donations rather than by purchase. The Collection has limited resources and cannot accept every gift that is offered. Donations are accepted based on their relevance to curriculum, research, and pre-existing SMU collections, as well as condition of the materials, availability of storage space and preservation funds, and other discretionary criteria. Gifts that include funds for processing and preservation are preferred. If the Jones Collection is unable to accept a gift, staff may be able to help with referrals to other archives. Materials will not be accepted without completion of a donation agreement or other legal documentation.
Materials that do not reflect the collecting scope of the Jones Collection or that do not possess sufficient archival value may be de-accessioned at any time, subject to the discretion of the Collection head.
The Jones Collection no longer accepts deposits (materials for which ownership is not transferred to the Jones Collection) or storage clients from outside the university.
The Jones Collection does not accept home movies except for those that are relevant to Southern Methodist University history or other University collections. Home movie donors should contact the Texas Archive of the Moving Image or the Center for Home Movies.
The Jones Collection does not provide appraisal services or tax advice. For information on tax deductions relative to donations, please consult an accountant. Also see the CUL Gift Policy and IRS Publication 561.