Administration and Oversight of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

December 4, 2019

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost 

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts, Faculty, School of Theater, Film and Television, and Staff in the UCLA Film and Television Archive, School of Theater, Film and Television, and Library

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to share that after careful consideration and consultation, administration and oversight of the UCLA Film & Television Archive (FTVA) have shifted to the UCLA Library as of October 1, 2019. The FTVA is the second largest moving image archive in the United States and the largest university-based moving image archive in the world. This renowned cultural memory institution continues to play a vital role in ensuring the preservation of, and access to, an important part of global cultural heritage.

The FTVA’s physical collections will remain housed at the state-of-the-art Packard Humanities Institute’s Stoa in Santa Clarita. The Archive Research and Study Center in Powell Library will continue to provide support for members of the campus community who wish to use items from the archive, and Library and FTVA staff will work together to leverage the Library’s digital and operational infrastructure to expand access to FTVA holdings. An academic advisory committee is also being formed and will lead future efforts in expanding the range of academic programs that capitalize on the FTVA’s extensive collections.

Over the past 53 years, the FTVA and its staff have earned a distinguished reputation in the archival field, gained the trust and cooperation of the entertainment industry, maintained an active and prolific preservation program, and materially contributed to the quality of research and education at UCLA and throughout the scholarly community worldwide. This organizational restructuring will enable the FTVA to continue to grow and thrive as a one-of-a-kind resource for teaching, academic research and cultural preservation.


Emily A. Carter
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost