Coordinate a Research Visit

Archive Research and Study Center

Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC)

Powell Library Building (Room 46)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1517
310 206-5388 voice
310 206-5392 fax
email: arsc@cinema.ucla.edu

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Viewing requests can be made in person, by phone, fax or e-mail, or by submitting a Research Inquiry.

During the academic year, viewing hours by appointment may include weekday evening hours or Sunday afternoon hours. During summer session, only daytime weekday appointments are available.

UCLA Film & Television Archive collection consists of over 250,000 films and television programs and more than 27 million feet of Hearst newsreel footage. A large percentage of these holdings are available to be viewed for specific research purposes by appointment in UCLA’s campus media lab. As a strictly moving image archive, we do not collect books, periodicals, production files, scripts, photographs, or information about material in our collection.

Archive Research and Study Center

As most of the Archive’s holdings are stored in numerous off-site locations, all research visits and viewing requests must be coordinated in advance with ARSC. While some holdings can be made available for appointment viewing with short lead time, a significant portion of the collection may require up to two weeks or longer to be made accessible for viewing.   

  • We welcome all research and reference queries related to our collections, and are happy to assist with your visit requests.
  • As the first step in arranging a visit, we ask all patrons to Search Collections to locate titles of interest.
  • From researching the Archive Catalog, we ask that you please compile your viewing request list and email it to us, noting item inventory numbers and titles as listed in the Archive Catalog.
  • Upon receipt of your requests from the Archive Catalog, ARSC staff will advise as to the availability of specific titles, make recommendations for additional materials of interest, and assist in selecting appropriate visit dates for your appointments.

As we advise all visiting scholars and researchers, please look over our Research FAQ carefully before planning any travel to conduct research at the Archive.

Please note that due to an item's condition and format, many collection holdings can take up to 2-3 weeks or much longer to prepare for viewing.
For this reason all research requests must be formally forwarded well in advance of any proposed visit. Some items listed in the catalog may not be available due to condition and/or format.