With over 300,000 films and 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.
These COLLECTION PROFILES represent only a partial listing of the Archive's many significant collections. To review records for over 300,000 holdings in the Archive's collection please consult our Archive Catalog.
For more information on our collections or to arrange research viewing, please contact the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC).
Here are some highlights:
Material dating back to the 1890s:
- African American and Chicano/a contributions to film and television
- Films from major studios including Columbia, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Twentieth-Century Fox
- Pre-Code era and film noir titles
- Industrials and sponsored films
- Amateur films and home movies
- Independent films from the Sundance and Outfest LGBT collections
Donations and deposits from institutions, such as:
- The American Film Institute
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- The Directors Guild of America
- The Stanford Theatre Foundation
Donations and deposits from renowned individuals, such as:
- William Wyler
- Stanley Kramer
- Hal Wallis
- King Vidor
- George Pal
- Tony Curtis
- Hal Ashby
- Charlton Heston
- Rock Hudson
Over 100,000 holdings spanning 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
UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hearst Metrotone News collection is one of the largest newsreel collections in the world. It contains over 27 million feet of theatrically released newsreels, unreleased stories and outtakes that range in date from the beginning of the series in 1914 through 1968. In 1981, the bulk of the Hearst Metrotone News collection was donated to the UCLA Film & Television Archive along with the copyright for these materials.
News and Public Affairs Collection (NAPA)
NAPA consists of over 100,000 news programs and broadcasts taped off the air from 1979 to 2003. Programs held in the NAPA collection include: local Los Angeles news, network and cable nightly and morning news programs, and local foreign language news. The collection also holds extended coverage of important news events, such as 9/11.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Our general collection catalog at http://cinema.library.ucla.edu also includes a significant number of television news and public affairs programming ranging from 1949 into the 2000s. Researchers interested in news and public affairs programming prior to 1980 must search the general collection. Researchers interested in broadcasts from 1980 - 2003 should search both the NAPA collection database and the general collection catalog.
The Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) audio collection consists of:
- A wide selection of radio programming
- Audio-only segments of special UCLA Film & Television Archive and UCLA Department 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)