Special Collections and Archives

Richard Myers papers (faculty-Art)

Special Collections and Archives

Richard Myers papers (faculty-Art)

Repository:Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title:Richard Myers papers
Inclusive Date(s):1960-2003
Author:Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Traina
Creation:Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth Traina using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2016
Origination:Myers, Richard, 1937-
Extent:1 cubic feet (1 document case, 1 oversize folder, 2 CD boxes, 1 VHS box, 1 custom box)
Physical Location:11th floor
Finding Aid Identifier:OhKeUSC0172
Abstract:This collection contains films created by Richard Myers, student films from the cinematography courses taught by Myers at Kent State University, as well as newspaper clippings, publicity materials, critical reviews, and film-related ephemera.
Language(s):The records are in English

Biography of Richard Myers

Richard Myers is an experimental filmmaker based in Kent, Ohio. He holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Master of Arts degree from Kent State University (1959 and 1961, respectively). Myers began making films in the early 1960s. Most of his films are based on dreams and autobiographical information. He is especially known for his 1970 film Confrontation at Kent State, which was filmed during the week following the May 4, 1970 Kent State Shootings. Myers is an Emeritus Professor of Kent State University's School of Art, where he taught film production classes from 1964 to 1991.

Scope and Content

This collection contains films created by Richard Myers, many of which are in DVD format. Some VHS are included, as well as one 16mm black and white film (Confrontation at Kent State). Also included are DVD copies of student films from the cinematography courses taught by Myers at Kent State University between the years of 1964-1991. In addition to these films, the collection houses Myers' Curriculum Vitae, as well as newspaper clippings, publicity materials, critical reviews, and film-related ephemera.

Statement of Arrangement

The Richard Myers papers are organized into the following series:
Series 1: Biographical materials
Series 2: Film-related materials
Series 3: Films of Richard Myers
Series 4: Student Films


Preferred Citation

Richard Myers papers. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Experimental films
Cinematography, Abstract
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University--History
Organizations/Corporations:
Kent State University. School of Art
Functions:
Experimental films--Study and teaching
Cinematography, Abstract--Study and teaching
Experimental films--Authorship
Art--Study and teaching
Places:
Kent (Ohio)
Occupations:
Independent filmmakers
College teachers
Material Types:
VHS (TM)
DVDs
16mm
Motion pictures
Videocassettes
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Promotional materials
Resumes (personnel records)
Ephemera
Titles:
Confrontation at Kent State



Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Biographical materials, 1969-1976
Box 1 / Folder 1
Curriculum Vitae, undated
Box 1 / Folder 2
Correspondence, 1969-1974, undated
Box 1 / Folder 3
Photographs, undated
Physical Description: includes photocopies, prints, and a DVD containing stills from Myers' films.
Box 1 / Folder 4
Public Relations Materials, 1970-1976, undated

Series 2: Film-related Materials, 1967-2007, undated
Scope and Content
Materials in this series include critical reviews, newspaper clippings, ephemera and other miscellaneous film-related items.

Arrangement
Materials in this series are organized according to the film to which they refer. Folders are arranged alphabetically by film title.

Box 1 / Folder 5
37-73, 1973-1975, undated
Box 1 / Folder 6
Akran, 1969-1972, undated
Box 1 / Folder 7
Confrontation at Kent State, 1971-1972, undated
Scope and Content
Included in this file is an audio recording of an interview with Richard Myers on the movie Confrontation at Kent State (2 cassette tapes).
Box 1 / Folder 8
Coronation, undated
Box 1 / Folder 9
Da, 1973
Box 1 / Folder 10
Deathstyles, 1971, undated
Box 1 / Folder 11
Floorshow, 1978-1979, undated
Box 1 / Folder 12
Jungle Girl, 1984-1987
Box 1 / Folder 13
Materials Relating to Multiple Films, 1970-2007, undated
Box 1 / Folder 14
Oversize Materials Relating to Multiple Films, 1971, undated
Physical Location: Map case
Box 1 / Folder 15
Materials Relating to Cinematography Course, 1967-1971, undated

Series 3: Films of Richard Myers, 1960-2003

Arrangement
Films in this series are in DVD, VHS, and 16mm format. Films are arranged by format (DVD, VHS, etc.), then by date of creation.

Restrictions on Access
These films are for viewing purposes only. Copyright is retained by the creator(s). Films cannot be duplicated without written permission of copyright owner(s).
Location of Originals
Original films of Richard L. Myers, except Confrontation at Kent, are held at The Academy Film Archive. Myers has provided reference copies in VHS and/or DVD format for research purposes within this collection.
Box 2 / Folder 1
Coronation / The Path / First Time Here, 1965, 1961, 1964
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 23 minutes / 20 minutes (silent) / 24 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 2
Akran, 1969
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 118 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 3
Confrontation at Kent State / Allison, 1970, 1971
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 43 minutes / 10 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 4
Confrontation at Kent State, 1970
Physical Description: VHS 42 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 5
Deathstyles, 1971
Physical Description: VHS; color 60 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 6
37-73, 1974
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 60 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 7
Floorshow, 1978
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 90 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 8
Jungle Girl, 1984
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 100 minutes
Box 2 / Folder 9
Moving Pictures, 1990
Physical Description: VHS; black and white 90 minutes
Box 3 / Folder 1
Confrontation at Kent State, 1970
Physical Description: 16mm film; black and white; sound 43 minutes
Box 3 / Folder 2
Container for Confrontation at Kent State 16mm film, undated

Arrangement
Boxed together with 16mm film

Box 4 / Folder 1
Akran, 1969
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 118 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 2
Confrontation at Kent State, 1970
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 43 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 3
Allison, 1971
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 10 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 4
Deathstyles, 1971
Physical Description: DVD; color film 60 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 5
37-73, 1974
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 60 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 6
Massillon Museum Years, 1976
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 40 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 7
Floorshow, 1978
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 90 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 8
Jungle Girl, 1984
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 100 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 9
Moving Pictures, 1990
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 90 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 10
Monster Show, 1996
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 90 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 11
Marjory's Diary, 2003
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 90 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 12
3 Film Portraits: Akbar / Bill and Ruby / Da, 1970, 1970, 1973
Physical Description: DVD; color / color / black and white 17 minutes / 34 minutes / 40 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 13
Confrontation at Kent State / Allison, 1970, 1971
Physical Description: DVD; black and white / black and white 43 minutes / 10 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 14
The Path / First Time Here / Coronation, 1961, 1964, 1965
Physical Description: DVD; black and white 20 minutes (silent) / 24 minutes / 23 minutes
Box 4 / Folder 15
Tarp / Zolcalo / Wood Assemblage, 1993 / 1972 / 1962
Physical Description: DVD; color 20 minutes / 16 minutes / 13 minutes

Series 4: Student Films, 1972-1990, undated
Scope and Content
Included is a typewritten statement from Richard Myers, introducing and providing background on the student films in this series.
Information regarding the contents of each DVD can be found inside the individual cases.

Arrangement
The following items are arranged chronologically by date of creation.

Restrictions on Access
These films are for viewing purposes only. Copyright is retained by the creator(s). Films cannot be duplicated without written permission of copyright owner(s).
Box 5 / Folder 1
Introductory letter from Richard Myers, undated
Box 5 / Folder 2
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1972
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 3
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1983-85
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 4
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1983-86
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 5
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1985
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 6
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1987
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 7
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1988
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 8
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1989
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 9
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1989
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 10
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, 1990
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 11
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 12
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 13
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 14
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 15
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 16
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 17
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 18
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD
Box 5 / Folder 19
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers, undated
Physical Description: DVD; sound
Box 5 / Folder 20
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers (James Broughton at Filmworks), undated
Physical Description: DVD
Scope and Content
These are films by James Broughton that were presented at Filmworks, a weekly film program directed by Richard Myers, sponsored by Kent State University.
Box 5 / Folder 21
Student Films from the Production Class of Richard Myers (Kon Pet Moon, a.k.a. Kon Petrochuck), 2006
Physical Description: DVD
Scope and Content
Note from Myers inside DVD case: "This film was not done while Kon was a student, but later in his career. It is an important film and I wanted to include it with the other student films."