UCLA Film & Television Archive Joins UCLA Library 

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is now part of the UCLA Library, aligning the second-largest repository of motion picture and broadcast programming in the U.S. with the Library’s world-class archival and scholarly collections. This positions Archive holdings for greater integration in teaching and learning, as well as expanded access through the Library’s robust digital platforms.  

“The UCLA Library and Film & Television Archive are longtime partners with a shared vision of preserving unique, historical materials and making them available to the UCLA and wider academic communities,” said Ginny Steel, Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. “Having the Archive as part of the UCLA Library strengthens the impact of print, digital, and audiovisual collections on teaching and learning.”  

The Archive will continue to maintain its main offices at the Packard Humanities Institute Stoa in Santa Clarita, Calif., with the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) in Powell Library continuing to serve as a vital campus access point to collections. 

Library and Film & Television Archive materials already significantly complement one another and underscore a shared commitment to documenting diverse communities:

• Library Special Collections holds photographs, correspondence, audio recordings, and more from the first female member of the Directors Guild of America in the Dorothy Arzner Papers, while the Archive has restored several of her films, including The Wild Party and Working Girls.

• The Archive preserved and makes accessible online all 21 seasons of In The Life, the first nationally broadcast news magazine advocating LGBT visibility and equality. Enhancing the episodes are synopses and transcripts, story research, and publicity files in Library Special Collections.

• The Archives’ newsreel and documentary film footage of Japanese-American incarceration during World War II combined with Library Special Collections’ range of collections, from Manzanar War Relocation Center records to the Japanese American Research Project, create a rich scholarly and curricular resource.

In celebration of UCLA’s Centennial, the Archive recently presented 40 Years of UCLA Student Filmmaking, a series of screenings exhibiting the creativity, range of cinematic expression, and diversity of UCLA student productions. Find the Archives’ robust slate of upcoming film screenings and associated programming at cinema.ucla.edu/events.