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Motion picture archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2134

Scope and Contents

Contains Brigham Young University's motion picture collection of films created by various motion picture studios. The films date from approximately 1920-1979. Most of them were created in or near Hollywood, although many were shot on location around the world.


  • 1920-1979

Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; patrons should use reference DVDs. Permission to use originals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Motion picture archives must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


1001 reels (250 linear ft.)

304 videodiscs (12.7 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

16mm prints were created by the studios for distribution to colleges, universities, prisons, and television stations. Those films were then either discarded or sold. All films were purchased, and no specific custodial history was provided upon purchase.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Flying Devils and many other films were purchased from Jerry Bryant, the film broker.


Motion pictures (Motion picture archives).

Processing Information

Accessioned; John Gillespie; 2014 September 14.

Updated for DACS compliance; Mary-Celeste Ricks; 2015 February 13.

Register of Motion picture archives
In Progress
Abe Austin
2012 April 19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States