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The Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann collection spans the years 1866-1990s (bulk 1900s-1960s) and encompasses approximately 367 linear feet. The collection, representing nearly 5,000 American theaters, contains material on motion picture theaters and theater organs, including architectural blueprints and design drawings; theater reference materials, including clippings, programs, and postcards; and interior and exterior photographs of theaters. Particularly strong is its coverage of major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. There is some material from every state and from Washington, D.C.
Tom B'hend and Preston Kaufmann were collectors of material related to motion picture theaters and theater organs. B'hend was a theater organ enthusiast and Kaufmann was an author and head of Showcase Publications.
In process -- 315 linear feet of papers. 52 linear feet of photographs.
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