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About the Archive

Film vaults at the PHI Stoa, Santa Clarita

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media, and is dedicated to ensuring that the collective visual memory of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. Established in 1965, the Archive is the second-largest repository of motion pictures and broadcast programming in the United States, after the Library of Congress, and the world's largest university-held collection.

We 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 collection can be accessed for research by appointment through the Archive Research and Study Center at UCLA.

The Archive is a unit of the UCLA Library, one of the country's leading academic libraries in research, groundbreaking discoveries and innovation.

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