Film

The WCFTR’s film collection encompasses a wide variety of American and international cinema. Collections donated by some of Hollywood’s most renowned directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors, often augmented by viewing copies of their most significant works, provide complementary documentation for both the art and business of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with many collections related to the blacklist and the Hollywood Ten. Other collections from more modern independent and experimental filmmakers expand our holdings well beyond Hollywood alone. Collection highlights include:

A sketch for one of Hepburn's costumes in Roman Holiday.
An Edith Head sketch for one of Audrey Hepburn’s costumes in Roman Holiday.
  • 2,000 16mm reference prints of feature films from Warner Brothers, RKO, and Monogram Pictures—virtually every feature released by these studios between 1931 and 1949
  • 1,500 Vitaphone short subjects
  • 300 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons from 1926 to 1949
  • 270 Soviet features and documentaries made from the 1950s to the 1970s
  • Over 120 Taiwanese feature films
  • The records of United Artists, with corporate minutes, financial records, production and distribution costs, overseas operations, producer’s records, and legal matters
  • Manuscript collections of significant figures from the Hollywood system, including Kirk Douglas, Walter Wanger, Norman Jewison, and Walter Mirisch
  • The collections of influential independent filmmakers Shirley Clarke, Emile de Antonio, Lionel Rogosin, Richard Kaplan, Jill Godmilow, and Lewis Jacobs
  • Costume sketches by Academy Award-winners Edith Head and Dorothy Jeakins
  • Over two million publicity stills, pressbooks, posters, and lobby cards

You can find a list of all WCFTR holdings on our Collections page, and information about finding materials within our collections is available on our Archive Search page.