University of Notre Dame

Italian Studies



Christopher G. Wagstaff Italian Film Collection at Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library

Hesburgh Library

The Christopher G. Wagstaff Italian Film Collection was formally incorporated into the Hesburgh Library Collections on Thursday, April 6, 2017. The centerpiece of the event was a talk by Professor Chris Wagstaff, formerly of the University of Reading in the UK, whose kind donation of his film collection has substantially enriched Notre Dame’s Italian film holdings. As a result, the Hesburgh Libraries now houses one of the foremost international collections of Italian films. 

The Christopher G. Wagstaff Italian Film collection encompasses more than two thousand Italian films and television programs. Amassed over many years by Professor Wagstaff, the collections spans over one hundred years of Italian film history from Inferno (1911), the first feature-length film to be produced in Italy, to La grande bellezza (2013), winner of the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. The collection also includes international productions from England and the United States as well as Italian TV movies such as the Rai-produced Il commissario Montalbano series. Additional content includes rare interviews with Italian actors, directors, and scholars, documentaries, movie extras, and commercials. 

Individual films are currently being described within the Hesburgh Libraries’ catalogue. While this work is ongoing, there is a list indexing all films’ titles and directors. Please contact Tracy Bergstrom, Italian Studies Librarian, for further information about this collection at