Rachael Stoeltje’s role as Director of the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive focuses on preservation and access for the Libraries’ vast film collections. These unique holdings consist of over 70,000 items in the Educational Film collection, the David Bradley collection and many other unique and rare collections.
For the past 17 years Rachael has worked on preservation of access to the Indiana University film collections. Most recently she has formally established the collections into a film archive that was accepted as a FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) member in 2011. She has made tremendous efforts to preserve and improve access to the collections and writes, publishes and presents nationally and internationally. She teaches classes and workshops and trains students to ensure that incoming archivists preserve and protect films and moving image collections long into the future. She serves researchers' needs by digitizing on demand and assists them for on-site viewing. In addition to advising libraries and archives around the country, she also serves on the Executive Committee of FIAF and works with the world’s film archives to preserve films beyond the bounds of Indiana University; she is also the 2021-2023 President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), the largest professional organization in the field. Last but not least, beginning August 1, 2022, Rachael is also serving a one-year appointment as interim director of the Black Film Center & Archive.
Rachael has her bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from Indiana University. She also trained at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She has expertise with early color photographic processes, a background in fine arts photography, and extensive archival experience, including preserving and cataloging the Kinsey film collection, the David Bradley Film Collection, and the Peter Bogdanovich collection.