Moving Image Archive

/Moving Image Archive

IU Libraries Moving Image Archive is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive educational film and video collections.

With more than 130,000 items spanning nearly 80 years of media production, the Archive is a member of the distinguished International Federation of Film Archives, the world’s leading association for film preservation.

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.

To provide a welcoming access point for the collection, which is stored off-site at Indiana University's Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility, 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 media conservation. The IU Libraries Screening Room offers high-quality film and video projection with the flexibility of an open floor space for use by seminar classes and high-profile symposia. These areas allow 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 or call 812-856-7086. 

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Staff Directory

Media Preservation Specialist
(812) 855-7694
Moving Image Curator & Digital Initiatives Lead
Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-7751
Director, IU Libraries Moving Image Archive
Associate Librarian
(812) 855-2523
Head Projectionist and Screening Room Coordinator
(812) 855-9806
Media Archivist
Assistant Librarian
(812) 856-7086

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Moving Image Archive Collections

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:

  • Nontheatrical film and video with an emphasis on educational, training, nonfiction, and documentary programs.
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and regional moving image history.
  • Early educational and local Indiana television programs.
  • Advertising, sponsored films, and corporate video.
  • Home movies, amateur films, home video, and personal media. 
  • History of home media including both film and video and technology such as small gauge cameras and projectors, and home video cameras and decks. 
  • Collections that support the research, teaching, learning, and creative activities of Indiana University faculty and students.
  • Collections that support the film and arts programming on campus.

Gifts to the Moving Image Archive Fund

Gifts to the Moving Image Archive Fund go towards the general support of Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA), a member of the distinguished International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), the world's leading association for film preservation. Funding helps maintain some of the last copies of 20th century films, ensures that 21st century students will see history and culture on the screen, and sustains the environments and equipment to view these important materials. IULMIA played a central role in the Indiana University Media Digitization & Preservation Initiative (MDPI) and continues to be a leader of film digitization in the Midwest and beyond.