Public Databases and Archives

Jennifer Jenkins, associate professor of English, has developed a polycultural archive of home movies of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.

In 2011 she brought the American Indian Film Gallery - a digital archive of more than 450 films by, and about, native peoples of the Americas - to the University of Arizona. These midcentury educational and industrial films are being updated with native narrations and culturally competent metadata.

Jenkins' book on archival film, "Celluloid Pueblo: Western Ways Film Service and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest," is set to be published by University of Arizona Press in 2016. Her next project is a study of Mexican Film Studiography, also based on archival records throughout Mexico. 

Projects