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William Knight Zewadski Classical movie stills collection

Identifier: Z11

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes Classically-themed movie, stage, and dance stills. Items in this collection consist primarily of photographs and postcards, both black and white and color. Also included are posters, advertising materials, and other imagery.


  • Created: 1860-2007
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2018


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11.42 Linear Feet

28 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection traces the relationship between antiquity and popular culture through the usage of Classical imagery on the screen and stage. Materials in the collection include photographs (both color and black and white), postcards, advertising materials, and other visual art from the late 19th–early 21st centuries. Most images are American or European in origin, showcasing themes of antiquity, mythology, and literature. The film stills range from the early silent era to more modern Hollywood blockbusters, but also include televised movies and series. In addition to marketing images by studios, the collection also consists of rare behind the scenes images from film sets and creative departments. The stage works exhibited include theater, ballet, and opera.  Materials from this previously private collection have been curated and displayed at institutions such as the Tate Modern, Emory University, and the University of Oxford.

Arrangement Note

The materials in this collection are arranged topically and according to chronology. The donor's original order is maintained.

Source of Acquisition

William Knight Zewadski

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

William Knight Zewadski Collection, Special Collections, University of South Florida Tampa Library.

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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US