Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, this department’s collection now includes more than 30,000 films and 1.5 million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all periods and genres. Among the holdings are original negatives of the Biograph and Edison companies, and the world’s largest collection of D. W. Griffith films. The film collection is stored in the Museum’s Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, a state-of-the-art facility that opened in June 1996.

Research and resources

Photo: Installation view, Crafting Genre: Kathryn Bigelow, The Museum of Modern Art, May 18, 2011–October 3, 2011