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Michael Van Wagenen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3757

Scope and Contents

Collection of film reels, audio materials, videotapes, DVDs and CDs, personal papers, scripts, books and manuscripts. Also included is a plaster face mask. Tapes are both originals and transfers, and include Low and Slow, Spirit Doctors, 38th Street Gangs, Art and Color, and Mundo Milagroso. Also included are tapes of research material, concerning the Navajo Weavers and Guatemala. Materials range from approximately 1980-2002.


  • Approximately 1980-2002


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Michael Van Wagenen papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Michael Scott Van Wagenen performed many roles in the movie business, including acting as a director, producer, actor, writer, cinematographer, and editor. He was a documentary filmmaker who taught history at the University of Texas at Brownsville.


1 oversize folder (0.5 linear ft.)

40 cartons (40 linear ft.)

37 film reels (7 linear ft.)

1 film boxes (0.5 linear ft.)

2 items ((0.5 linear ft.) ) : Cardboard tubes.

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory for first two accessions available online. Box-level inventory for 2012 accession available upon request.

Custodial History

Materials all were created by or belonged to Michael Van Wagenen, who donated them to BYU in three batches over time.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Michael Van Wagenen; 2012.


Motion pictures (Motion picture archives).

Processing Information

Processed; James D'Arc and Mary-Celeste Ricks; 2016.

Register of Michael Van Wagenen papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 October 12
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States