The Library is home to more than 1.1 million film, television, and video items. With a collection ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs, the Library’s holdings are an unparalled record of American and international creativity in moving images.
The physical description of the Packard Campus is impressive enough—415,000 square feet, more than 90 miles of shelving for collections storage, 35 climate controlled vaults for sound recording, safety film, and videotape, 124 individual vaults for more flammable nitrate film—but it will also be a “factory” for acquisitions, preservation, access, and partnerships. For example, the Campus will feature an off-air recording room to enable off-broadcast, off-cable, off-satellite capture of hundreds of channels of audiovisual content.
The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775. They capture the sweep of the past: slave ship manifests and the Emancipation Proclamation; captured German records and the Japanese surrender documents from World War II; journals of polar expeditions and photographs of Dust Bowl farmers; Indian treaties making transitory promises; and a richly bound document bearing the bold signature “Bonaparte”—the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that doubled the territory of the young republic.
NARA keeps only those Federal records that are judged to have continuing value—about 2 to 5 percent of those generated in any given year. By now, they add up to a formidable number, diverse in form as well as in content. There are approximately 10 billion pages of textual records; 12 million maps, charts, and architectural and engineering drawings; 25 million still photographs and graphics; 24 million aerial photographs; 300,000 reels of motion picture film; 400,000 video and sound recordings; and 133 terabytes of electronic data. All of these materials are preserved because they are important to the workings of Government, have long-term research worth, or provide information of value to citizens.
UCLA Film & Television Archive is the second largest moving image archive in the United States after the Library of Congress, and the world’s largest university-based media archive. They are committed to the collection, restoration and exhibition of moving images. The Archive’s public programs can be seen at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, Los Angeles. The Archive loans prints from its vast collection to cinematheques and film festivals around the world. Additionally, footage licensed from the Archive has appeared in many notable projects for the big screen, television and other media. Many items in the Archive’s collections can be accessed for research by appointment through the Archive Research & Study Center at UCLA.
Northeast Historic Film Archive (Maine)
Centered in Buckport, Maine, Northeast Historic Film boasts an archive containing more than 10 million feet of film and 8,000 videotapes. More than 25 years old as an organization, NHF has maintained a 27,000-sq-ft Conservation Center to house its collection in a climate controlled building.
The Peabody Awards Collection consists of over 90,000 titles, with radio programs dating from 1940 and television from 1948. The collection consists of almost all the entries to the awards program since its beginning in 1941. It contains American, local, and more currently, international, electronic media programs, with content from news, documentary, entertainment, educational, children’s, and public service programming. There are radio transcription discs, audiotape, audiocassettes, 16mm kinescopes and prints, 2″ videoreels, videocassettes, websites, and objects associated with the collection. Many of the programs in the collection may be only surviving copies of the work, especially in the case of local radio and television broadcasting. These are all original archival materials. Reference, or “user” copies, are available for much of the collection for use in the University of Georgia Libraries Media Department or at the Special Collections Library.
The Moving Image Research Collections Digital Video Repository (MIRC-DVR) serves MIRC’s preservation and access missions. It aims to engage researchers from all walks of life in the process of discovering, enjoying, and contributing to knowledge about the sounds and images it contains—all without adding wear and tear to the fragile originals in MIRC’s care.
As America’s preeminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS’ prime-time lineup, WGBH has been on the front lines of history for nearly seven decades. WGBH productions – from local radio and television to nationally distributed programming – have documented our collective cultural heritage in moving images and sound. In 1979, WGBH became the first public broadcasting station to develop an archive, staffed by professional archivists. For more than 35 years, MLA staff have preserved, cataloged, and provided access to materials produced by WGBH. WGBH currently manages and preserves nearly 1 million audio, video, film, and digital assets dating back to 1947.
In 2013, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting selected WGBH and the Library of Congress as the permanent stewards of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, an initiative seeking to identify, preserve and make accessible significant historical content created by public media, and to preserve at-risk public media before its content is lost to posterity. Approximately 40,000 hours of content comprising 68,000 programs, contributed by 100 stations across the country, have been digitized. We provide access to nearly 12,000 of these programs, which are available online at americanarchive.org.
Films Division (Mumbai, India)
The Films Division of India was established in 1948 to articulate the energy of a newly independent nation. For more than six decades, the organization has relentlessly striven to maintain a record of the social, political and cultural imaginations and realities of the country on film. It has actively worked in encouraging and promoting a culture of film-making in India that respects individual vision and social commitment.
It is the main film-medium organization of the Government of India and is well equipped with trained film personnel, cameras, recording and editing facilities. This infrastructure is put to use to assist in- house as well as free-lance film makers and producers.
In its archives, the Films Division of India holds more than 8000 titles on documentaries, short films and animation films.
All collection descriptions courtesy archival partners.