The DVDs are fully cataloged in Franklin and may be retrieved by searching "Van Wert Collection" as an author. The videos housed in LIBRA are accessible through a Microsoft Excel finding aid that lists the title, year, director, country, language and format. Individual titles/directors can be located by using Excel's "Find" function (under "Edit").
Scholars who are not affiliated with Penn should contact Charles Cobine to determine whether a particular film is in the collection.
Submitting Requests and Using Videos
Penn-affiliated cinema and media studies scholars may request videotapes from LIBRA using Franklin's "Place Request" function. The tapes will be delivered to the Ormandy Center (Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 4th floor), where they can be viewed in one of the designated viewing rooms. Faculty may check out tapes from the Van Wert Collection for a week. Otherwise, tapes must stay in the Ormandy Center. Charles Cobine will make arrangements for authorized scholars who are not affiliated with Penn to have videotapes retrieved from LIBRA for viewing in the Ormandy Center.