The Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection at the Harvard Film Archive contains the impressive library of approximately 800,000 film stills, pressbooks, posters, and other ephemera originally amassed by Lothar Just, a Munich-based film publicist. Just began collecting photographic and publicity items related to the cinema as source material for the annual film lexicons which he continues to publish.
While the Just Collection contains significant holdings from the silent era, its greatest strength lies in publicity and production stills from the classical studio era of the 1930s-1960s, as well as images from the last 30 years. The collection contains important holdings on post-WWII German cinema, thanks to Just and Munich’s close connection with the New German Cinema, as well as significant German pre-war and Nazi era materials. The Just Film Stills Collection also includes a fair amount of image and publicity materials representing American and European cinema, as well as the work of internationally known Chinese, Japanese and Latin American filmmakers. Much of the material is German-language, regardless of the country of origin.
The HFA has just begun to process this large collection, and will make the materials available incrementally.
Finding aids for the collection are split into five separate documents: A-B, C-F, G-L, M-R, S-Z
Click on the desired document and use the browser's search function (control F) to keyword search within the finding aid.
To request materials for research use, please contact our research liaison, Bob Sennett.