Research & Preservation
The Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive collect, preserve and restore movies and movie-related materials to help ensure the long-term accessibility of a wide range of historically significant items for research and public presentation. These two institutions, which have existed in one form or another almost since the founding of the Academy itself, serve as leaders within the larger motion picture research and preservation community.
Margaret Herrick Library
One of the world's most comprehensive research collections on the subject of motion pictures, the library holds more than 32,000 books, 80,000 screenplays, 42,000 posters and 10 million photographs. It is also home to more than a thousand collections of unique material related to industry organizations and such prominent individuals as Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
Academy Film Archive
Dedicated to motion picture preservation, restoration, exhibition and study, the archive includes 172,000 film and video assets relating to approximately 84,000 individual titles. This extensive and diverse collection includes Academy Award-nominated films, past Oscar® telecasts, documentaries, silent movies, experimental films, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, home movies, international cinema and much, much more.
Resources & Databases
Explore the Academy’s free online resources, including searchable databases of past Oscar nominees and winners, movie credits and screenplays.