Audio Archives

Rolland Collection of Films on Art

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010) ; Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Art Videos)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

Anthony Roland, as well as numerous private and corporate sponsors (list here:

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

Resource guide to international films and videos on art, architecture and modern literature, collected over 40 years. Selections of films are available to view, the full film is available for purchase for 1.99$ US. WorldCat Identities lists the collection at 521 works in 673 publications in 7 languages and 6.731 library holdings. There is a collection called "Writers Talk Series" which I will be looking at for this entry.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Website relocated to

Description of archive history or URL

Started by art dealer Anthony Roland, who began to make his own films about art. In the late 1960's, he founded the Art Film Centre in London, as well as 'Artscope', a traveling art museum in motion-picture form in the 1980's. This collection of films in many languages has been archived and digitized by Anthony Rolland. The website has been around since about 1997.

Contact information

"The Roland Collection Telephone: 845 774 7691
PO Box 1084 Freephone: 1 800 59 ROLAND (1 800 597 6526)
Harriman Fax: 845 774 7193
New York

Searchable options

Search bar for keywords, with search filter (with audience age). Recent search results displayed to the right of the search bar.

Relation from the audio to the text

None. These are all videos.

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items

No date (!!), length given in minutes, film (black and white or colour) described, appropriate age range and source. No context.

Author bios and context within literary history

None. Though the writers are all categorized under categories like "Black Women's writing, Carribean writing...".

Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)

File is a video clip.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

photo of the speaker (writer) is shown before the video plays.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)

video plays on same page

Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)



UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is very interesting. There are a series of scroll-down lists of categories from left to right that narrow down browsing searches. You can browse by Art Periods, Subjects, Country, Comics, Film Series, Favourites, Hearing Impaired films (no words), Writers talk series, Authors Alphabetical, Philosophy, As well as writing courses in film. By selecting one of these options you can select two more layers of categories to find a film,

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

There is an embeddable video wall that you can use on your blog. Interactivity in terms of social media and digital technologies are low. There are a few educational Study guides and Creative Writing Course aids on the site.

Other notes

*INDEX available on this page. Alphabetical indexes are listed for each of these options: General, Directors, Scriptwriters, narrators, Composers, (Production date and Country of Origin index available as pdf). All of these videos are only clips. The full video are available for purchase.