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Society of the Divine Word Collection, 1950-1985

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Collection Identifier: C.2007-06
Extent of collection
30 reels of 16mm film totaling 27, 660 feet
Inclusive Dates
1950 - 1985
Bulk Dates
1950 - 1985
The Society of the Divine Word is an international congregation of male Catholic missionaries based in Techny, a northwest suburb of Chicago. The Society was founded in 1875 to preach in countries with insufficient or no foundation of Catholicism and to provide support to communities where the local Church is not yet viable. CFA acquired this collection in 2006 when the Robert M. Myers archives of the Society of the Divine Word deaccessioned a number of 16mm films that were not made by SDW in their collection. The collection consists predominantly of sermon films. According to the archivist at the Society of the Divine Word, these films were probably used in the classroom or for entertainment for students. It is unclear whether these works were produced in Chicago.
Religious Film Studios (created by)
No information available
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America (created by)
The Broadcasting and Film Commission (BFC) was formed in December 1950 by a merger of the Protestant Radio Commission and the Protestant Film Commission. The BFC had "responsibility and authority to prepare, produce or arrange for the production of and promote radio and television programs, motion pictures, filmstrips, recordings and other program materials for general dissemination, on behalf of the churches and the Council."
Custodial History
The films were created and gathered by the Society of the Divine Word. Donated to CFA.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
CFA does not hold the rights to these films.