Film Archives, Libraries, & Societies

  • American Film Institute Louis B. Mayer Library – The only national arts organization devoted to film, television and video. The American Film Institute serves as a point of national focus and coordination for the many individuals and institutions concerned with the moving image as art.
  • Anthology Film Archives – Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.
  • British Film Institute – The BFI was founded in 1933 and is a charity governed by a Royal Charter. They combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals.
  • Cinémathèque Française – The French Cinematheque was founded in 1936 by Henri Langlois, Georges Franju and Jean Mitry Paul Auguste Harle. Rich in experience, the French Cinematheque hosts the largest archive of films, movie documents, and film-related objects in the world.
  • The Crawford Theater Collection, Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives – The Crawford Theater Collection consists of playbills and programs, photographs in a variety of formats, engravings, posters, clippings and other printed material which document the performing arts in the United States and throughout the world from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Material relating to dramatic performance forms the nucleus of the collection, but dance, opera, motion picture, circus, radio and television performances are also represented.
  • George Eastman House: International Museum of Photography and Film – The George Eastman House collects and interprets images, films, literature, and equipment in the disciplines of photography and motion pictures — and it cares for the George Eastman legacy collections — to inspire discovery and learning for a regional, national, and international audience.
  • Harvard Film Archive – Established with the assistance of the Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1979, the Harvard Film Archive has grown into an incomparably rich resource for scholars and filmmakers.
  • The Internet Archive – The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
  • JSTOR – A not–for–profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive of over one thousand academic journals and other scholarly content.
  • Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • Museum of Modern Art: Film and Media Collection – Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, this department’s collection now includes more than 22,000 films and four million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all periods and genres. Among the holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies, and the world’s largest collection of D. W. Griffith films.
  • Museum of the Moving Image – Advancing the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media.
  • The Society of Cinema & Media Studies – The SCMS is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition.
  • TIFF Film Reference Library – The ultimate resource for filmmakers, students, researchers, screenwriters and film and television professionals. The Library maintains the world’s largest resource of English-language Canadian film and film-related materials as well as a wide range of local, national and international film resources.
  • UCF Libraries – The libraries of the University of Central Florida.
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive – The second largest moving image archive in the United States after the Library of Congress, and the world’s largest university-based media archive.
  • Yale Film Studies Research Guide – A guide to conducting research in Film Studies at Yale University, including key resources and crucial search strategies.