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Archive Research & Study Center

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 300,000 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 in UCLA's campus media lab. Through ARSC's assistance, a diverse demographic of patrons conduct scholarly and professional research for hundreds of class assignments, books, articles, dissertations, and film and television productions.

Thanks to ARSC:

  •   Students have discovered the classics of film and television history.
  •   Scholars and writers researched thousands of articles and books.
  •   Producers and programmers have prepared exhibitions and productions.

Coordinate a Research Visit

Archive Research and Study Center

A large percentage of UCLA Film & Television Archive's 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.

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.

NOTE:  Due to the significant relocation of master collection materials to a new facility this summer, many Archive holdings will not available for research viewing until fall 2015, or in some instances much later. Accessibility status of some holdings may not be determinable until the fall or later. 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 the move and/or due to condition and/or format, while a number of titles can be made available now -- please contact us to check. Thank you for your patience during this transitional period.

Contact ARSC

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


Viewing requests can be made in person, by phone, email or by submitting a Research Inquiry.

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

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.