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With over 350,000 motion pictures and 170,000 television programs, and 27 million feet of newsreel footage, the UCLA Film & Television Archive is the world's largest university-held collection of motion pictures and broadcast programming.
For more information on our collections or to arrange research viewing, please contact the Archive Research and Study Center.
To search UCLA Film & Television Archive’s collections, please visit the Archive Catalog.
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Motion Picture Collection
Material dating back to the 1890s, including:
- Films from major studios; Columbia, Paramount, Warner Bros., Twentieth-Century Fox and others
- Industrials and sponsored films
- Amateur films and home movies
- Independent films from the Sundance Institute, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, and L.A. Rebellion collections
- Donations and deposits from institutions, such as: American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Stanford Theatre Foundation
- Donations and deposits from renowned individuals, such as: Robert Altman, Mayme A. Clayton, Cheryl Dunye, Todd Haynes, Rock Hudson, Stanley Kramer, Liza Minnelli, George Pal, Rosalind Russell, John Sayles, Hal Wallis, William Wyler, King Vidor
The John H. Mitchell Television Collection at UCLA Film & Television Archive consists of over 170,000 holdings that span the entire course of broadcast history, such as:
- DuMont TV
- Primetime and Los Angeles area Emmy Award nominees and winners
- KTLA newsfilm
- ABC-TV Collection of over 20,000 titles, early television dating back to the late-1940s
- Over 10,000 commercials
- 50 years of Hallmark Hall of Fame broadcasts
- A significant collection of "golden age" anthology dramas
- Over 100,000 news programs and broadcasts taped off the air from 1979 to 2003
The Hearst Metrotone News collection is one of the largest newsreel collections in the world, containing over 27 million feet of theatrically-released newsreels, unreleased stories and outtakes from 1914 to 1968. Although the reels were fashioned for the most part to be entertaining, they uniquely document the events of their time, such as the Great Depression, wars and global conflicts, the civil rights movement, politics, sports, and the achievements of numerous historical figures. In 1981, the bulk of the Hearst Metrotone News collection was donated to the Archive along with the copyright for these materials. Visit the Archive website to learn more about the Hearst collection.
The Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) audio collection consists of:
- A wide selection of radio programming, including The Goldbergs and series by Ralph Edwards Productions
- Audio-only segments of special UCLA Film & Television Archive and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television events
- Unabridged interviews with 1970s-era filmmakers conducted during the production of the IFC documentary, A Decade Under the Influence (2003).