During the past week, I have been researching information on ACMI's collection to understand better which are the items that compose this collection, as well as how and which purpose they were acquired.
My first source of research was ACMI's annual reports from 2002 to 2017. From that research, I could learn that after inheriting the collection from State Film Centre of Victoria, ACMI established its own acquisition policy. Nonetheless, I could not learn which are the parameters for ACMI's acquisitions and how is the decision process for accessioning new items. I could, however, find a summary of the collection in the report from 2007-2008:
Nationally recognised as a screen culture resource, it features:
>An archive of Australian documentaries with particular strength in Victorian moving image heritage titles
> A significant catalogue of early experimental films, both Australian and international
> Victoria’s most cohesive collection of indigenous moving image works
>A substantial holding in size and value, of animation films containing many classic titles, with strength in international as well as Australian and Victorian creations.
>An outstanding selection of video art
> A collection of world cinema dating back to 1896
> Every copy of Cinema Papers, the definitive journal of Australian cinema
> ACMI Digital Storytelling Collection
As part of our commitment to provide broad community access to the Collection, a new resource centre will be built onsite in 2009
to provide access to a wealth of Australian and international works, including animation, feature films, documentaries, video art and self-generated content.
Other notes from ACMI's annual reports are shared here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1olCDg68U70wdAbIAp4RQ6uVDVS0L7k00dGZ…
Secondly, following Natalia's advice on researching annual reports from the State Film Centre of Victoria, I've borrowed at the University Library the reports for the following years: 1978, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991. After this task, I could understand that the State Film Centre of Victoria acquisition policy was mainly focused on Australian film productions as the organisation had goals of both fostering the Australian film industry and provide distribution of films in Australia, as well as attending educational purposed as it was closely connected to educational services in the state. Nonetheless, as films studies were gaining more importance in Australia, as well as the need to reach multicultural communities, the acquisitions started to broadly include relevant international items, even experimental films.
Notes for State Film Centre of Victoria annual reports are shared here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TvwEmFrN8lbFh3qlQf9fLT1aWy3mHz0RADu…
I have also researched other internet sources and found two amazing databases with descriptions of groups of items/mini collections at ACMI, which will be very useful for the writing of stories: https://researchdata.ands.org.au and http://museumex.maas.museum. Notes for the research are shared on the following link, and also include content from the Tumblr http://mediathequegems.tumblr.com.