Film & Media Studies | Media Archives
Department of Communication & Culture
The Department has an extensive collection of films, television shows, and other media on 16mm, VHS, DVD, and laser disc available to faculty and graduate students in the department. The collection ranges across the histories of these media and includes commercial feature films and television series, documentaries, independent films, experimental media, and shorts.
A diverse collection of over 1,000 historical and contemporary Hollywood and independent films, including feature films, documentaries, dramatic and musical shorts, comedy shorts, trailers, newsreels and animation by African-American filmmakers.
Along with some rare media journals, this library has a broad range of holdings in film, television,and radio. Materials relating to film document over 75 years of the movie industry ranging from theater lobby cards, press books, publicity stills, and more than 2000 scripts. The library also holds the papers and films of Orson Welles, John Ford, Federico Fellini, and Peter Bogdanovitch. Television holdings include early television scripts (part of television writer John McGreevey’s papers), as well as numerous scripts from the 1960s and 1970s.Radio holdings feature more than 800 BBC scripts from the mid-1940s to the 1970s and scripts related to the work of Orson Welles and John McGreevey.
The Lilly Library at Indiana University acquired the Bradley Film Collection in 1997 following the death of collector and filmmaker, David Shedd Bradley. The 3,200 16mm films comprise one of the most comprehensive film collections ever assembled by an individual collector. The collection spans the history of cinema in the United States and Europe, including both classic and obscure films from France, Germany, Italy, Russia, England, and Scandinavia, as well as the films of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers.
The Kinsey Institute houses more than 10,000 titles on film and video, ranging from educational documentaries to erotica, as well as an extensive international collection in photography and art.
The Teaching & Research collection contains approximately 12,250 videocassettes, 1,000 laserdiscs, 2,100 DVDs, and a small number of CDs and CD-ROMs. The Media Browsing collection is available to all Indiana residents and can be used to supplement research projects, as well as satisfy extracurricular and outreach interests. The browsing collection contains over 8,700 DVDs and videos, and includes art, biography, documentary and feature films, foreign, and television series. Both collections include documentary films, feature films, and other creative works, such as dramatizations of short stories, video art, and conceptual art; and performances of plays, operas, and ballets. Some other IU Bloomington Libraries also have VHS and DVD collections, as well as sound recordings. These include the Education Library, The Journalism Library, and the Music Library.
The Committee for Institutional Cooperation or CIC opens its collection to universities in the Big 10, including Indiana University. It operates a cooperative film library located in the media library at the University of Iowa. A membership fee enables the cooperative to lease films and rent them to institutions at a reasonable price for use in classrooms, independent studies, and research. The library currently provides access to nearly 90 films.