AFI Archive – American Film Institute

AFI Archive

The AFI Archive collects and preserves the heritage of the American Film Institute, filmmakers and the art of motion pictures. Housed in the Louis B. Mayer Library, the Archive comprises over 50 years of rare and unique materials from across the history of cinema and television.

Included in the AFI Archive are papers of filmmakers and films, oral history interviews, and audio and video recordings that document prominent motion picture industry figures and films. The Manuscript Collections encompass personal and film production papers, which include unpublished scripts, storyboards, oral histories, scrapbooks, correspondence, manuals, newsletters, production materials, photographs, props, ephemera, among other artifacts. The AFI Photo Collection is comprised of print and digital images documenting the history of AFI. The Audio & Video Collection is composed of recordings of Conservatory seminars and events, oral histories and interviews with individuals across all aspects of filmmaking. In addition to these collections, the AFI Archive also serves as a repository for films produced at the AFI Conservatory, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) and AFI DWW+.

Manuscript Collections:

Charles K. Feldman Papers
Claire Du Brey Collection*
Edmund Goulding Papers
Fritz Lang Papers
George Byron Sage Collection*
George Chandler Collection
George Seitz Papers
Harry Horner Collection*
Henry Hathaway Collection
Hollywood Museum Collection*
Jack Mintz Papers
Leo McCarey Papers
M.C. Levee Collection*
Martin Scorsese Papers
Meta Wilde Collection*
Mitchell Leisen Papers
MUSA DAGH Collection
Oral History Collection
Publix Opinion Collection
Radio Daily Newspaper Collection
RKO Flash Newsletter Collection
Richard Levinson and William Link Collection
Samuel Goldwyn Studios Sound Recording Manuals Collection*
Sergei M. Eisenstein Collection
Steven Jay Rubin Papers
Theodore J. Flicker Papers*
Thomas Rickman Papers*

*Please contact Archivist for more information regarding this collection.

The AFI Archive is accessible for research, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. Contact the Archivist at [email protected], or 323.856.7662 for more information. Head to AFI’s YouTube page for a sample of videos from the AFI Archive.