Research & Preservation

Doug Chiang describes how new technologies have changed how filmmakers approach their work
Doug Chiang describes how new technologies have changed how filmmakers approach their workDoug Chiang describes how new technologies have changed how filmmakers approach their workDoug Chiang describes how new technologies have changed how filmmakers approach their work

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

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.

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Academy Film Archive

Academy Film Archive

Dedicated to motion picture preservation, restoration, exhibition and study, the archive includes 165,000 film and video assets relating to approximately 80,000 individual titles. This extensive and diverse collection includes Academy Award-nominated films, past OscarĀ® telecasts, documentaries, silent movies, experimental films, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, home movies, international cinema and much, much more.

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Resources & Databases

Explore the Academy’s free online resources, including searchable databases of past Oscar nominees and winners, movie credits and screenplays.

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