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Personal papers of Eugene Bernofsky

Call Number: PP 406


Eugene or Gene Bernofsky is a part-time environmental documentary filmmaker. This collection consists of film awards, photographic materials, and materials related to creating and fundraising for his films.


  • 1967 - 2016


Conditions Governing Access

All materials in this collection except the audiovisual items are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Some materials have already been digitized. Contact staff at or (785) 864-4334 for assistance if wishing to view any of these items.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Gene Bernofsky

Eugene or Gene Bernofsky, an alumnus of the University of Kansas, has been an environmental activist and filmmaker since the mid-1960s. In 1965 he won the Mid-America Art Show at the Nelson Art Gallery in Kansas City, MO and in 1978 he had his first one-man show of 16mm films at the San Francisco Art Institute.

He has won numerous awards and praise for many of the films he has produced, which include Neshabek, I Never Saw the Buffalo, Which Side Are You On?, Undermining Yellowstone, A River Cries, Red Thunder, Swimming Woman, Diet Coke Montana, Trembling Waters, and Dongo Kundu, among others. He was a founder of the artists' commune Drop City in southeastern Colorado in 1965.

Gene Bernofsky lives in Missoula, Monatana.


3.25 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 3 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 406

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Eugene Bernofksy, 2016, 2018, 2021.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, audiovisual materials, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Eugene Bernofsky Collection
Personal papers of Eugene Bernofksy
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by tw, 2010; anm, 2019; mwh, 2020; cmp, 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Eugene Bernofsky, PP 406, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States