Collection Overview

A great museum starts with an outstanding permanent collection. As the world's most prominent curator of moving image history, the Academy has been collecting and preserving movie-related materials since the 1930s.

The Academy's unparalleled permanent collection contains more than 10 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, 50,000 posters, and 20,000 production and costume design drawings. The collection also includes more than 1,400 special collections of film legends such as Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Huston. These special collections contain production files, personal correspondence, clippings, contracts, manuscripts, scrapbooks, storyboards, and more.

Highlights from the Academy's permanent collection, which will help to inspire and shape Academy Museum exhibitions, follow...