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Jeff Krulik papers

 Collection 0018-MMC

Jeff Krulik is a director, producer, and music documentarian based in the Washington, DC area. This collection documents Krulik's work and interests, including materials regarding the cult classic documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," the Punk and New Wave scene in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1980s, popular media in the 1970s and 1980s, and underground publications. Krulik's film work has gained the attention and coverage of several publications, including USA Today, Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, and The Washington Post


  • 1926-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1970-2005

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection contains audiovisual materials. Items that cannot be used in the Special Collections reading room or are too fragile for researchers require that a digital copy be made prior to use. If you would like to access these materials, please contact us prior to your visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


122.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Jeff Krulik papers date from 1926 to 2016 and consist of research files and source tapes of Krulik’s documentaries, including the cult classic “Heavy Metal Parking Lot.” The collection also contains files relating to the D.C. Punk and New Wave scene in the 1980s; WMUC programming in the 1980s; underground press and “comix” ephemera; 1970s popular media culture; and University of Maryland concert and film ephemera. While materials span the years 1926 to 2016, the bulk of the collection dates between 1970 and 2005.

Biographical / Historical

Jeff Krulik is a native of Maryland and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in English. After receiving his BA in 1983, he spent three decades working alternately as a producer, director, creator, and writer in a variety of films, specializing in documentaries. He worked as a director at the public access cable system MetroVision from 1985 to 1989; he then worked in program evaluation at Discovery Networks from 1990 to 1995. He continually found ways to work on film projects of his own creation during this time. His most notable work is his 1986 documentary "Heavy Metal Parking Lot," a short film in which he interviews young people waiting in a parking lot before a Judas Priest concert, and which garnered a cult following and spawned a number of spinoffs and anniversary events. Krulik currently lives in Maryland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jeff Krulik papers were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries by Jeff Krulik on November 16, 2015.

Related Materials

More information about Jeff Krulik and Heavy Metal Parking Lot is available on the Libraries website

Special Collections and University Archives also holds the records of the campus radio station WMUC. A finding aid is available:

The University of Maryland Libraries' Special Collections in the Performing Arts has a number of collections documenting the punk scene in Washington DC. Related collections include:

Processing Information

The materials in this collection arrived, with some exceptions, with little to no discernible order beyond the folder level. Original order was preserved when apparent; otherwise, materials were arranged by subject. AV materials were left in their original order, though no organizing scheme was apparent. Publications were left unfoldered, but issues of the same publication were grouped together. Loose materials were placed in labeled folders. Materials already in folders were left in their original folders or refoldered depending on the condition of the original folders.

Materials were removed from plastic tubs and placed in archival-quality containers. Paper clips, staples, and rubber bands were only removed when severe deterioration or danger to materials was evident.

Oversize items including posters were placed in flat file storage in a location separate from the rest of the collection.

Many materials were deemed out of scope, removed from the collection, and returned to the donor. These include t-shirts, board games, duplicate materials, and other items.

Guide to the Jeff Krulik papers
Minimally Processed
Processed by Duncan Griffin
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742