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IU Film Collections

For the Indiana University Libraries Film Archives, click here.

Filmmaker Collections

Peter Bodgdanovich sitting in the IU Cinema auditorium

The Lilly Library at Indiana University is home to the
collections of some of the biggest names in cinema history, including:

In its inaugural season, Indiana University screened nine John Ford films as part of its John Ford Searches West series. Director Peter Bogdanovich also screened his documentary Directed by John Ford as part of the cinema’s dedication ceremony.

Campus Archives

IU Libraries Moving Image Archive

The Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive contains more than 70,000 educational films, television programs, and videos which include:

  • Documentary films produced by IU’s Audio-Visual Center
  • Educational, training and social guidance films
  • TV shows from NET, the precursor to PBS
  • Commissioned films made by Indiana industrial filmmaker Robert Young
  • Educational videos by American Instructional Television
  • Local productions collected by the Elkhart Historical Society
  • Educational films used by the Lane County, Oregon school district
The Kinsey Institute

Poster for Jungle Virgin of the Kinsey Institute Film Collection

The Kinsey Institute film archive includes approximately 8,000 films on sex and sexuality. Categories include:

  • Historical stag films
  • Peep shows
  • Sex education
  • Animal sex behavior
  • Swedish erotica and art
  • Exploitation films
  • Pornographic feature films

Production photograph from the Black Film Center collection

Black Film Center/Archive

The Black Film Center/Archive is a major repository of films by African Americans from the 1920s to the present. Titles range from the silent film Scar of Shame (1927) to Blaxploitation films of the 1970s.

David Bradley Collection

The David Bradley Film Collection includes more than 2,000 16mm films that showcase the early development of the form. It includes comedies produced by Mack Sennett and dramatic films by D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, and F. W. Murnau.