Document Collection

Video Inn Correspondence and Jeanette ReinhardtThe CDMLA document collection includes international correspondence, manifestos, promotional materials, diaries and ephemera; records related to the Canada Council, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and other organizations that affected the development of independent video in Canada; and the organizational files of the S.V.E.S.  It also compiles documents related to individual media artists in its M.A.A.D. files.

The document collection was built from the earliest days of the S.V.E.S.. It’s development reflects the commitment of the S.V.E.S. to the international exchange of information, and founder Michael Goldberg and collective member Crista Dahl’s  innate understanding of the importance of recording the history of the alternative video movement. Collective members expanded the collection, adding materials brought back from their travels and depositing it in the library for the benefit of the community.


Dahl's mnemonic device for Video Inn filingposters



The S.V.E.S. fond contains all documents related to the activities of the organization. Examples of the holdings include:

1970s Video Exchange Directory postcard


The S.V.E.S. fond contains a variety of ephemera associated with its activities since incorporation, as well as materials produced during Michael Goldberg’s time with Intermedia (such as the Video Exchange Directory) and The International MATRIX Video Conference and Festival that led to the formation of the S.V.E.S. and influenced its mandate.




1973 Video Inn Daybook

Activity Records

The CDMLA retains the hand-written documents of the organization including the Video Inn Daybooks, which record the important daily events and activities at the centre.





The Bus Tour Trip Log First Entry, Page 1

In 1974, Video Inn purchases a converted 1954 bus and begins it’s tour of the province of B.C. and which is extended to a cross-country tour in 1975. Documentation of the tour includes the Bus Tour Logs which describe the people and organizations they meet who are experimenting with portable video and the extensive correspondence with them.

bus tour



Video Inn Library Tape Log October 28, 1984


The daily public use of the Video Inn Library is recorded in the Viewing Logs. These were used to track attendance as well as the popularity of videotapes and themes and resulted in the annual top 10 lists that provide insight into the dominant interests of Video Inn’s community.

Similarly, the daily production facility logs recorded members equipment and facility bookings and the productions they were working on.







The S.V.E.S. poster collection includes the early in-house posters designed to inexpensively and quickly spread the world about upcoming events to contemporary poster production. For an overview of our entire collection, which is international in scope, see  Videographics.

Women's Media Night flyer c1980    Video Game Orgy poster 2013    destroy_vancouver_poster 2012


Exhibition Programs  

S.V.E.S. exhibition programs document the artists and works exhibited at the centre, and the work of various Vancouver designers. For example, Joe Sarahan, who was an active collective member from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, shaped the public face of Video In during this period, becoming the primary graphic designer of publicity materials and S.V.E.S.’ newsletters (FLV: Feature Length Video and Deluding Documentary shown here).

Luminous Sites Exhibition Program    FLV handbill    Deluding Documentary Program Cover    Signal & Noise program 2001 small


Michael Goldberg letter to Canada Council c1974


The correspondence of the S.V.E.S. with international artists, arts centres,  national and provincial government bodies and various social, political, and cultural organizations is vast and provides insight into development of video and media art.