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IU Libraries Moving Image Archive is one of the world’s largest educational film and video collections. With more than 130,000 items spanning nearly 80 years of film production, the Archive is a member of the distinguished International Federation of Film Archives, the world’s leading association for film preservation.
The archive, protected at Indiana University's Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility, includes many rare and last-remaining copies of influential 20th-century films.
The following services are available from the the Moving Image Archive:
The Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive is actively working to expand the Libraries motion picture film and videotape collections. Provided new acquisitions fall into the following collecting areas:
At IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, we believe preparing for the future means first understanding the past. In classrooms and conferences, through consults and conservation, we proudly offer you a front row seat to history.
We protect a collection of film and video well known as one of the largest and most comprehensive held by any American academic library. To provide a welcoming access point for the collection, which is stored off-site, the Archive’s space on the ground floor of the Herman B Wells Library offers state-of-the-art individual and small group screening facilities and a work room for film conservation. This space allows the Moving Image Archive to strengthen active partnerships with local, national, and international scholars, as well as encourage the use of rare, one-of-a-kind films in an environment designed to exhibit such treasures.
The Moving Image Archive is open by appointment only on Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. The exception is on holidays when the Wells Library is closed. To schedule an appointment or to talk to our experts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-855-7086.
Please note that we do not offer stock footage sales as a service due to lack of staff and resources in this area.
Hundreds of titles from our extensive collections have been digitized and are available to watch online for free, thanks to IU Libraries' Media Collections Online.
More are being digitized all the time, and as copyright allows will be made available online.
As part of the Wells Library ground floor redesign in 2016, students, faculty, and researchers experience increased access to moving images. The modern space includes a conservation work area for the inspection and repair of film and video collections, two small group film viewing rooms, and a multipurpose screening room able to project 16mm film and legacy video formats as well as state-of-the-art digital technologies. The screening room is a venue for IU Libraries to exhibit its expansive media collections and a resource for members of the IU community seeking space for public film screenings.
We continue to actively acquire collections to grow Indiana University's archive. Read more about our collecting policy.
A few highlights:
Learn more about the thousands of films and audio visual materials in our collections.
Our expert archivists assist faculty and film researchers from IU and universities everywhere. We offer consultations, on-site, and digital film access, as well as provide a professional projectionist in our screening room for group experiences.
In 2012, the Archive joined the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), a collaborative association of the world’s leading institutions dedicated to the rescue, collection, preservation, and screening of film. Archive Director Rachael Stoeltje served as 2018–2019 Chair of the UNESCO-founded Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Association and is an Executive Committee member of FIAF.
The Moving Image Archive is the recipient of four National Film Preservation Foundation grants to provide restoration and conservation of specific and unique titles.
Preservation projects include:
For more than two decades, IU has been developing and implementing leadership, expertise, and technical structures in media archiving and media preservation. In 2013, understanding that many of its media collections were at risk of deterioration, obsolescence, or both, the university capitalized on these competencies to implement a comprehensive plan for the digitization of audio and video recordings across all campuses.
We play a central role in IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative known as MDPI. Working closely with IU Libraries IT and Auxiliary Library Facility, UITS, and digitization vendor Memnon, a Sony Company, the team is scanning and preserving over 33,000 reels of film in three years.
See a timeline of IU's work in media digitization.