Film Archives
Library of Congress Listing of Public Motion Picture Research Centers and Film Archives (
An excellent listing of film archives, compiled by the Library of Congress.
John E. Allen, Inc.
A motion picture archive dating from 1896-1955, with over 25 million feet of materials.  Call John E. Allen at (201) 391-3299 for more info.
American Archives of the Factual Film (AAFF) (
This unique film archive collects 16 mm, non-theatrical business, educational, and documentary productions. More than 13,000 individual film titles are now contained within, including 4,500 educational films shown in classrooms (e.g., dating, manners, anti-drug films), and 1,000 government-produced films (such as Frank Capra’s Why We Fight series). Remote assistance (such as film-to-videotape transfers) is available for researchers. See the archive web site for more information.
Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs (
"The Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs was established in 1960 to collect and preserve records of the American labor movement, with special emphasis upon industrial unionism and related social, economic, and political organizations in the United States. It also collects historical records related to urban affairs, with particular focus upon metropolitan Detroit. The archives of Wayne State University and its predecessor institutions are also held at the Reuther Library. Currently, the Library´s holdings comprise 70,000 linear feet of records, found within 1,600 individual archival collections, and an Audio-Visual collection of over 1 million items, including 2,000 reels of film."
Association of Moving Image Archivists (
"The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of moving image archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the collection, preservation, exhibition and use of moving image materials."
Black Film Archive at Indiana University (
The BFC/A is a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans.  Included are films which have substantial participation by African Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those which depict some aspect of black experience."  For a list of holdings, go to.
British Film Institute (BFI) National Film and Television Archive (
Information coming soon.
Drew's Script-O-Rama (
This site contains full-text screenplays from motion pictures, all of which can be downloaded for free.  Most of the scripts are from films of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, though there are some classics as well.  Also included are early drafts of screenplays and scripts that never made it to the silver screen.
Harvard Film Archive (
"In 1993, the Archive's existing holding was substantially increased with the acquisition of a 35mm collection, which has enlarged the repertory and enhanced the quality of screenings. . . .  As a result, more than 2,000 titles were added to the permanent collection, making HFA one of the best-equipped national centers for studying film."
Human Studies Film Archives (
"The Human Studies Film Archives (HSFA) is an internationally recognized center devoted to collecting, preserving, documenting and disseminating a broad range of ethnographic and anthropological moving image materials. The HSFA also collects related documentation including audio tapes, stills, manuscripts and other associated texts, field notes, camera and sound logs and production logs. Whenever possible, synchronous audio commentaries (annotations) are obtained from the creator, other persons associated with the material, or from an individual with knowledge of the contents. Materials are available for duplication on a case-by-case basis depending on restrictions and other archival issues."
Imperial War Museum Film Archive (
"Although the Film Archive has major holdings of foreign material, it is dominated by the output of the British and Commonwealth cameramen commissioned in the two world wars to produce official material covering the forces and the civilian effort. It is now a prime source of moving images of the wars and continues to add substantial collections of later material to the archive."
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (
This division of the Library of Congress (LOC) acquires, catalogs, and preserves motion pictures and televison program collections. The motion picture collection currently includes films from the American Film Institute collection, ranging from the works of pioneer George Melies to an African-American film collection of entertainment and shorts produced from 1918 to 1955 for black audiences. Other film holdings include cartoons produced by Warner Bros. pictures before 1949 and a sizable collection of works shot by anthropologist Margaret Mead.
National Center for Film and Video Presentation (The American Film Institute) (
"The National Center for Film and Video Preservation was established in 1984 by the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts. Its mission is to serve as the center for coordinating American moving image preservation activities on a national scale, implement the National Moving Image Database (NAMID), which centralizes information on the film and television holdings of American archives and producers, and to locate and acquire films and television programs for inclusion in the AFI Collection to be preserved at the Library of Congress and other archives."
National Center for Jewish Film  (
"The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) was established to gather, preserve and disseminate film material relevant to the Jewish experience. Founded in 1976 with the acquisition of 30 Yiddish language films, NCJF has steadily expanded and diversified its holdings of both cinematic and photographic materials. Several national Jewish organizations together with filmmakers and private individuals have deposited their collections at NCJF."
Newsfilm Library at University of South Carolina (
" The surviving Fox Movietone newsreels and their associated outtakes comprise an estimated 75 million feet of motion picture film, and may be the best existing record of such material produced in the United States. The USC donation included 11 million feet of this collection. This portion of Movietonews is comprised of all existing outtakes from 1919-1934, as well as the complete newsreels and all associated outtakes from the important World War II period of September 1942 through August 1944."
Northeast Historic Film  (
"Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is a nonprofit independent moving-image archive, collecting and preserving motion picture film and videotape relating to northern New England. The archives collects, preserves, and shares home movies, television news film and other broadcast productions, independent works, industrials, dramas, and other edited and unedited moving images. Videos of Life in New England is a catalog of productions reflecting the region's art and culture. The facility is located in the Alamo Theatre building, Main Street, Bucksport, Maine"
Pacific Film Archive (
"The PFA collection includes more than 7,000 titles, with areas of concentration in Soviet silent and Eastern European cinema, international animation, American experimental cinema, video art of the '70s, and the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan. The collection also includes an international selection of feature films and documentaries. Among the artists represented are Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Larissa Shepitko, Dziga Vertov, Gunvor Nelson, Chick Strand, and George Kuchar. PFA has identified the preservation of independent and experimental film as institutional priorities, concentrating efforts on works by Bay Area filmmakers."
Ronald Colman (1891-1958)
This archive of the screen legend does not have a web site (yet).  Call George E. Schatz at (708) 432-8556 for more info.
Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive (
"The collection includes holocaust films, films depicting Jewish life around the world, newsreels from Israel, and works from filmmakers such as Baruch Agadati, Hazel Greenwald, Norman Lourie, Fred Czasnik, Ben Oyserman, Yitzchak "Mimisch" Herbst, Fred Dunkel, Yonah Zarecki and Ze'ev Havatzelet."
UCLA Film and Television Archive (
The UCLA Film and TV Archive contains 220,000 films and television programs plus 27 million feet of newsreel footage. The film collection, which contains donations from William Wyler, George Pal, and Jean Renoir, to name a few, addresses topics ranging from noted female director Dorothy Arzner to the film noir genre.
USC Cinema Television Library and Archives of the Performing Arts (
"Generally considered to be the finest collection of its kind in any academic library in the country, the Cinema-TV Library houses more than 19,000 books and periodicals on all aspects of film and television, along with clipping files, recorded interviews, scripts, stills, pressbooks, scrapbooks, video cassettes and discs of feature films and audiotapes. Altogether, the library houses more than 1.7 million photographs and 36 million manuscripts in its extensive archival collections." 
Wesleyan Cinema Archives (
"The Wesleyan Cinema Archives provides a home for the University's growing collections related to motion picture and television history. Committed to the care and preservation of paper materials, photographs, and memorabilia, the Archive is a connoisseur's collection of artists whose careers reflect unique aspects of cinema. They do not collect moving image materials, although some of the collections do contain such items."
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (
"The center's collections document the growth and development of motion pictures, radio and television, and theater in twentieth-century America. Individuals and organizations have deposited with the center such manuscript materials as personal and professional documents; holographs and typescripts of plays, shooting scripts, promptbooks, and musical scores; promotional materials; and designs, blueprints, technical plots and plans of stage architecture and machinery. Equally important are films and kinescopes; video and sound tapes; photographs; and disc recordings.  Of particular interest to students of film and mass communications is the United Artists collection, which forms the main part of the center's film archive. Highlighting that collection are the corporate records of United Artists collection, 1919-1950; the Warner Film Library, 1913-1950; the RKO Film Library."
WPA Film Library (
"The WPA was founded in 1987 by independent producers, as a repository of archival and stock footage.  It now includes more than 50,000 hours of footage, including all 3,500 hours of the British Pathé News Collection."

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