Margaret Herrick Library

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Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study, where the library is housed

The Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California is the main repository of print, graphic and research materials owned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 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 original research library was created in 1928, a year after the founding of AMPAS.[1] 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 also collects and maintains oral histories of the industry.[2]

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 1981. 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 institution.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s first librarian". I Love Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Spotlight: The Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles". LibGig. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 

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