The University of Melbourne Archives holds the records of the Melbourne University Film Society (MUFS) from its formation in 1948 to 1971. The Society provided film screenings during evenings and lunch hours. MUFS collaborated with the Victorian Federation of Film Societies and the Australian Film Institute, to launch the Melbourne Film Festival in 1952.
The MUFS collection is comprised of film journals, correspondence between Australian and international institutions, financial accounts/ photographs, material from distributors, newspaper cuttings/proposals, programmes/posters and cassettes. Minutes reflect the changing times that led to the society becoming the Melbourne Cinematheque in 1984; Australia's longest running film society.
A subject guide has recently been created to provide an insight into collection material relating to the Australian film industry and key figures, such as Kenneth Coldicott, who toured several states exhibiting films about the Spanish Civil war raising money for the Spanish Relief Committee, Peter Carmody who captured the major activities during the University Arts Festival in May 1969, and Pat Longmore, co-curator of the Melbourne Fringe Festival (1989), Director of the International Lesbian Film Festival and Midsummer Festival (1990) and Melbourne International Lesbian, Gay Film and Video Festival (1991 to 1992).