The Jacobs have had close ties to CU Boulder’s Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts since the 1970s. Ken Jacobs taught experimental film classes in the summer at the university in the late 1970s and early 1980s and gave public workshops at the Boulder Public Library.
The cinema studies program at CU Boulder has a historic reputation for experimental filmmaking. The First Person Cinema series, founded as the Experimental Cinema Group in 1955, is now the world's longest-running university program for screening experimental film and video work.
What's in the collection
Papers in the Ken and Flo Jacobs Collection contain information about Ken Jacobs as an artist—exhibition details, performance notes, teaching and patents—and also represent the personal and professional networks of the avant-garde film community through correspondence with other artists and distribution networks for sending materials.
The collection also has over 200 audio recordings from the 1960s–1990s, including classroom lectures, public talks, recordings of performance rehearsals, and even personal conversations between him and other artists and filmmakers. These recordings are available online via the CU Digital Library with more becoming available as RaD continues to digitize.
These materials may provide insight for anyone interested in American film, experimental and avant-garde art, cinema education and New York’s countercultural art scene.