Scope and arrangement
The Herman G. Weinberg Collection consists of scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence, photographs, and programs, collected or created by Weinberg in his career as a translator and subtitler and as a film historian and author.
Correspondence pertaining to Weinberg's career as a subtitler includes invitations to screenings, corrections of his translations, letters arranging translation jobs, and letters discussing censorship battles and rules. Correspondence pertaining to Weinberg's career as an author of film scholarship is represented by letters setting up interviews, letters from directors discussing and assessing their own films, fan letters, suggestions, solicitations, and agreements with editors and publishers. His personal life and life and position as a member of the film community are represented with holiday cards and personal notes discussing travel, new publications on film, and describing major film industry events. Weinberg's prominent correspondents include Louise Brooks, Claude Chabrol, Charles Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Pauline Kael, Stanley Kubrick, Ernst Lubitsch, M. L. Menken, Jean Renoir, Joseph von Sternberg, Erich von Stroheim, Francois Truffault, King Vidor, and Orson Welles.
Writings consist of articles, reviews and short pieces, and published letters written by Weinberg. These writings discuss historical, aesthetic, moral and cultural aspects of both American and international films and the film industry between 1929 and 1983. Weinberg's writings appeared in publications such as Cinema, Cinemages, Film Culture, Hollywood Quarterly, and Sight & Sound. Clippings included in this collection include newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, and newsletters documenting Weinberg's career as a subtitler, scholar and writer.
Other items created or collected by Weinberg when he worked as a film teacher, a public relations consultant and a theatre manager include sheet music, programs, press kits, drawings and graphics, photographs, film festival brochures, correspondence, and clippings.
Scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order. Separated correspondence is arranged in rough alphabetical order by correspondent's name.