Ferd Isserman Collection
Extent of Collection
9 reels of 16mm film totaling 2,165 feet.
Language Of Materials
Ferd Isserman sent a DVD to CFA for a Home Movie Day event. His films had been transferred to this DVD. Watrous kept in touch with him over several years to see if he would be interested in donating the original 16mm films to CFA. Soon after Ferd's wife died in 2010 he donated the 16mm original films to CFA.
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Chicago Film Archives holds the rights for the films in this collection.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Ferd Isserman grew up in St. Louis, son of Rabbi Ferd and Ruth Isserman. He attended Washington University. In the 1980s, Isserman served as president of Chicago's Old Town Chamber of Commerce. Isserman and his wife Barbara later lived in River Forest and Oak Park, Illinois. Isserman passed away in 2017 at the age of 89.