The John Canemaker Animation Collection, housed in the Fales Library and Special Collections of the Bobst Library at New York University, is one of the major animation research collections available to students, scholars and accredited researchers.
The collection comprises more than 80 linear feet of documentary material, graphic material, books, periodicals, audio and video tapes, covering history, technique, and cultural significance of animated films. Canemaker began collecting this material in the early 1970s as he began his career as an animator and animation historian. It includes original art, drawings, posters, storyboards, recorded interviews and lectures, as well and personal research materials for his articles and books, and periodicals, and from his film productions.
Among the collection highlights are two rare original drawings from Winsor McCay’s 1914 film
Gertie the Dinosaur.
A complete guide to the John Canemaker Collection can be found here.