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Margaret Herrick Library

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The Margaret Herrick Library, located in Beverly Hills, California, is the main repository of print, graphic and research materials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences AMPAS The library contains a digital repository and has historical materials that include those relating to the Oscars awards show12


  • 1 Collection
  • 2 History
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 Further reading
  • 6 External links


The library has in excess of 1,000 collections including original film scripts, movie production records, correspondence and other materials pertaining to movie studios, production companies, individuals, and professional organizations

The library also collects and maintains oral histories of the industry3


The original research library was created in 1928, a year after the founding of AMPAS45 It is funded by the Academy Foundation, which is AMPAS' educational division It one of the biggest film research libraries in the world,citation needed holding in excess of 32,000 books, 80,000 screenplays, and 300,000 files of clippings Other materials at the library are 35,000 posters, 10 million photographs, copies of 2,400 periodicals, costume and production and costume sketches, sheet music and musical scores, and advertising materials, including press books and lobby cards There are also artifacts such as Academy Award statuettes The library is governed by the Academy's Board of Governors4

In 1947, Herrick was responsible for the first acquisition of an archival collection: the William Selig collection4

In 1953, Herrick worked to have The Oscars broadcast on television, which allowed the award ceremony and the library to become financially independent of the studios, upon which the show and library had been previously wholly reliant4

AMPAS' research library was renamed for Margaret Herrick, who served as AMPAS librarian from 1936 to 1943 before becoming executive director from 1945 to 1971, upon her retirement in 1971 Dedicated to AMPAS' mission of broadening the film industry's educational and cultural outreach, Herrick was responsible for establishing the library as a world-class research institution5

In its inception, the Academy library had offices in the Roosevelt Hotel4 The library moved to its current building, a former waterworks, in Beverly Hills in 19716

See alsoedit

  • Margaret Herrick
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


  1. ^ Lewis, Hilary 18 February 2015 "Oscars: Who Came Up With the Name "Oscar" and More About the Statuette's History Video" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  2. ^ Osborne, Robert 17 February 2015 "The Origin of Oscar" video Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  3. ^ "Spotlight: The Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles" LibGig 2008 Archived from the original on 11 October 2008 Retrieved 4 February 2016 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Margaret Herrick, Film History Trailblazer" Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 22 September 2015 Retrieved 3 February 2016 
  5. ^ a b "Margaret Herrick, The Academy's First Librarian" I Love Libraries American Library Association February 2011 Retrieved 23 September 2013 
  6. ^ Dodd, Philip 2007 "Chapter 7: When Oscar met Tony" What's in a Name: From Joseph P Frisbie to Roy Jacuzzi: How Everyday Items Were Named for Extraordinary People New York: Gotham Books ISBN 978-1-59240-432-2 OCLC 233549283 Retrieved 3 February 2016 

Further readingedit

  • Sands, Pierre Norman 1973 A Historical Study of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1927–1947 Thesis/dissertation PhD|format= requires |url= help New York: Arno Press ISBN 978-0-405-04100-6 OCLC 340397 Originally presented as the author's thesis, University of Southern California, Arno Press Cinema Program, 1966 
  • Slide, Anthony 2014 The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry Hoboken: Taylor and Francis pp 1–2 ISBN 978-1-135-92554-3 OCLC 871224495 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections

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