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Archive Research and Study Center

A message for our research visitors

The Archive Research and Study Center and all UCLA libraries are closed until further notice. There will be no viewing appointments at the Instructional Media Lab.

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Serving the UCLA community and an international constituency of academic faculty, scholars, students, writers, and professionals, the Archive Research and Study Center (ARSC) provides a vital access point to UCLA Film & Television Archive's collection of over 350,000 films and television programs, over 100,000 News and Public Affairs (NAPA) programs, and over 2,000 radio programs.  ARSC coordinates individual viewing appointments, facilitating access to the Archive's rare collections through the Powell Library Media Lab.  With ARSC's assistance, visitors conduct scholarly and professional research for hundreds of class assignments, dissertations, publications and film and television productions.

Coordinate a Research Visit

Archive Research and Study Center

Many of UCLA Film & Television Archive's holdings can be viewed for research purposes in the Powell Library Media Lab.  All research visits and viewing requests must be coordinated in advance with ARSC.  We do not collect books, periodicals, production files, scripts, photographs, or information about material in our collection.

  •   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.

  •   As the first step in arranging a visit, please 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.

  •   Please review our Research FAQ before planning any travel to conduct research at the Archive.

ARSC hours

Regular office hours to arrange viewing:  Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Research viewing hours:  during the academic year appointment times include daytime (Mon - Fri), select evening hours (Mon - Thurs only), and select Sunday afternoon hours (closed Saturdays).  During summer session, only daytime weekday appointments are available.

Be sure to check with ARSC for holiday and UCLA intersession closures.

Contact ARSC

Viewing requests can be made in person, by phone or email.

University of California, Los Angeles
Powell Library  (Room 46)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1517
Telephone:  (310) 206-5388