January 28, 2022

Cool! Motion Pictures: A Digital Collection Historical Film Industry Materials From the AMPAS Library

AMPAS is the acronym for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (aka the group that puts on the Oscars). The collection mentioned below went live in July but is being announced by OCLC (they’re powering the service with CONTENTdm) today.

From OCLC:

Since its establishment in 1928, the library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has grown into a world-renowned institution dedicated to documenting the history and development of motion pictures as an art form and an industry.


Today, researchers, students and film aficionados worldwide can begin to explore these rich, unique collections online through the Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections.

Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections is an online database that provides public access to digitized materials from the Library’s collections. [Our emphasis] Currently, the database contains more than 3,000 items, including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music and movie star ephemera. The database also includes complete copies of more than 250 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927, and provides access to significant items, including selections from the Alfred Hitchcock papers and the Cecil B. DeMille photographs, as well as the annual Academy Awards programs.


Other popular sites from the digital collections include:

Academy Awards Collection: This digital collection contains selected Academy Awards photographs, rule books, programs and ephemera from the library’s extensive holdings.

Motion Picture Periodicals: The digital collection of Motion Picture Periodicals contains complete issues of various publications from the library’s collections. The library’s periodical holdings include industry trade publications, fan magazines, technical and scholarly journals, and studio house organs.

Mary Pickford Papers: Selection of photographs from the Mary Pickford papers. Mary Pickford was a Canadian-born actress, producer, director, and film executive active in filmmaking from 1909 to 1936. From 1915 through the mid-1920s she was arguably the most popular and best-known woman in the world.

Read the Complete Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.