CVM Collections and Archives:

Special Collections (non-film)

This page contains:

Examples of Artwork in CVM's Collections

Information on Collections:
William Moritz Archive
CVM General Collection
Oskar Fischinger Collection and Archive
Jordan Belson Collection
Mary Ellen Bute Collection
Dockum, Engel, Whitney, misc. Collections


Oskar Fischinger

1. "Untitled," 1961, oil on canvas board, 24 x 26

2. "Abstraction Contemplation," c. 1954, oil on canvas, 30 x 42. From the William Moritz Collection

3. "Untitled," 1960, oil on canvas board, 36 x 24. From the William Moritz Collection



4 - 8. "Squares," 1934, gouache on paper, 11-5/8 x 12, series of five, on punched animation paper, from the film Squares. Registration punches at top. Each numbered.




9. Untitled, 1962, Oil on Canvas. From the William Moritz Collection

Many animation drawings and film-related artwork, inquire

Jordan Belson

1. Drawing from "Mandala," Color Xerography (Moritz collection)

2. "God's Eye," Color xerography from Mandala scrolls (Moritz collection)

3. "At the Shrine of Non-Objectivity," Color xerography (Moritz collection)

4. "Storyboard," Digital Print (gift of the artist)

5. "Light Structure" (2000) Color Xerography. Gift of the Artist, 2009.


Richard Baily

"Spawn," 2004, Giclee Print (gift of the artist, 2004)


Bettina Brendel

"Electronic Garden," 1999, Giclee Print, 7/10. Gift of the artist.

"Celebration," 2000. Giclee Print, 3/10. Gift of Bettina Brendel Trust.

William Moritz

"Das Valkyries," 1961, oil on canvas


James Whitney


Ceramics - raku pottery and glaze tests, vases



Hy Hirsh

CVM owns an extensive collection of original photography by Hy Hirsh, including vintage gelatin silver prints, color Ansco chromogenic prints, and hundreeds of slides of Hirsh's fashion photography, travels, studies for his films, and life in Paris (collage above). Gift from Susan Herzig and Paul Hertzmann, San Francisco, CA, 2008. Selected work will be featured on our Hirsh Research site (under construction).

Additional Hirsh photographs and paper materials are in the William Moritz collection at CVM.


Ed Emshwiller


Note, artwork is housed offsite; special arrangements must be made for viewing at least 2 weeks in advance


William Moritz Archive

PAPER (Articles, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Posters, Program Notes, Newsletters, Flyers, Pamphlets, and personal papers). Includes a near-complete set of all of Moritz's texts and writings, both published and unpublished, and his extensive research on Oskar Fischinger.

Folders include: Kenneth Anger, Berthold Bartosch, Jordan Belson, Mary Ellen Bute, Bruce Conner, Jules Engel, Hy Hirsh, Pat O'Neill, James Whitney, John Whitney, Thomas Wilfred, many others including color organ artists and inventors.

The finding aid is in progress. Useful links:

Dozens of Moritz articles are on CVM's online library

Link to List of Moritz lectures

MONOGRAPHS (Books, Journals, Exhibition Catalogs, Dissertations)

PERIODICALS (Journals, Magazines, Newsletters)


PHOTOGRAPHIC (Slides, prints, negatives, proofs, contact sheets)

ARTWORK (includes animation cels and drawings, and pottery by James Whitney)

POSTERS including 1960s Fillmore and Avalon Rock posters (image from Family Dog #14 poster, Avalon concert).

FILM AND VIDEO Holdings are not included here. The Moritz video and audiotape holdings include hundreds of reference videotapes on visual music, experimental film and animation; and dozens of video and audio interviews with Moritz over many decades, including many donated to CVM by The Fischinger Trust.

Moritz's personal filmography with notes

CVM General Collections

PAPER (Articles, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Program Notes, Newsletters, Flyers, Pamphlets)

MONOGRAPHS (Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Dissertations)

A temporary, small portion of our Monographs catalog is online here

PERIODICALS (Journals, Magazines, Film Distributor Catalogs)

Film Culture Collection, Journals, 1957 - 1979

PHOTOGRAPHIC (includes numerous digital stills)

ARTWORK, POSTERS (see Artwork section at top of this page for examples)


FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

CVM: Color Organ Collection

Articles, papers, manuscripts, monographs, drawings relating to Color Organ experiments 1890s-1960s

Folders include: Charles Dockum, Thomas Wilfred, Mary Hallock Greenewalt, Oskar Fischinger's Lumigaph, many others

FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

CVM: Vanguard Theatre Collection

Flyers, Posters, Correspondence, Clippings. Many flyers are a gift of The Fischinger Trust. Selected flyer scans will be added soon.

January 29, 1974. Underground Series: Bruce Conner (PDF)


CVM: Visual Music Alliance Collection


Fischinger Collection and Archive

Ticket to screening/Lumigraph performance at San Francisco Museum of Art, 1953


--This collection contains papers and materials from both Oskar and Elfriede Fischinger; much of this collection is currently being processed. Some examples can be seen on the Fischinger Research Pages. CVM owns the Oskar Fischinger films and administers rights to these films. (Gift of The Fischinger Trust).



PAPER (Articles, Correspondence, Manuscripts, Clippings, Program Notes, Flyers, Pamphlets, personal papers). Please note, nearly all correspondence and manuscripts pre-1936 are German language. Above, documents from Art in Cinema series at San Francisco Museum of Art, 1946 - 53.

MONOGRAPHS (Books, Exhibition Catalogs, Dissertations)

PERIODICALS (Journals, Magazines, Film Distributor Catalogs). Example: American Cinematographer, March 1968. "Psychedelic Visual Effects for "The Trip"


ARTWORK: Paintings, Drawings, Animation Paintings and Drawings, Sketches. Black and White animation drawings, pencil on paper, from the films Allegretto, An American March, Kreise and more. Charcoal on paper animation artwork from Studie nr 5, Studie nr 6, Studie nr 8, Studie nr 9. Animation paintings and pencil on paper drawings from Radio Dynamics; concept sketches from Fantasia.



Elfriede's collection of c. 125 flipbooks including a Robert Breer flipbook (examples: Cal Arts, Ottawa 1978, Paul Glabicki, Ruth Hayes)


Front, Bill Moritz. Back, Stan Brakhage, Elfriede Fischinger, Cecile Starr

PHOTOGRAPHIC: Slides, prints, negatives, proofs, contact sheets and numerous digital stills; magic lantern slides




PROCESS MATERIAL: Title cards, Storyboards, Designs, Animation sketches, original materials and unshot animation on paper from Ornament Sound experiments and other films. Some examples can be seen on the Fischinger research site. Above, concept drawings for Fantasia (not used in the film).

MUSIC SCORES: Including Oskar's notated scores for films including Muratti, An Optical Poem, American March and more; plus graphs and charts.

Example: Section of Oskar's notated score for American March


EXTENSIVE FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.

For Fischinger Research we recommend beginning with CVM's

Fischinger Research Pages


Cover of Vortex V program

Jordan Belson Collection

PAPER (Articles, Clippings, Program Notes, Posters, Flyers). We recommend beginning your research at CVM's Belson Research pages


PHOTOGRAPHIC (Slides, prints, contact sheets, digital stills)

FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.


Mary Ellen Bute Collection

We recommend beginning your research at CVM's Bute pages online

Charles Dockum Collection

Dockum Research pages, under construction

Jules Engel Collection

Whitney Collection

PAPER (Articles, Clippings, Program Notes, Flyers, Business Cards, Limited Correspondence).

ARTWORK: See Ceramics, above

PHOTOGRAPHIC: Digital stills, slides


FILM, VIDEO and DIGITAL MEDIA Collections are not included here.


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