Moving Image & Sound Archive: Access & Use

Specializing in unique moving image and sound collections from Utah and the West

Access the Archive

The Moving Image & Sound Archive is located in Special Collections on Level 4 of the J. Willard Marriott Library.  Its content spans a variety of audiovisual formats, the majority of which are obsolete. Because most of our materials are old, rare, or difficult to play back, users must work with digital copies rather than with the original recordings.  Although this means there are sometimes longer waits for access to audio and video recordings than to other kinds of Special Collections, it also means that many items can be accessed from home upon request even if they aren't streaming in the Digital Library.

Archival recordings are prioritized for digital preservation and access based on a variety of factors, including content, format condition and stability, and user requests.  Many but not all items listed in the collection guides have been digitized and are available upon request.  New digitization may take some time and can't always be guaranteed, but requests are always encouraged and help the Archive better understand its users' needs.  Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or requests!

Request Moving Images and Sounds

To access audio and video recordings from home, any user can use the Special Collections Reproduction Request Form.  Download the form, fill it out, and send it to an archivist.  Content still stored on its original, analog format may not be readily accessible, but we do our best to fulfill all requests. 

Use or Publish Moving Image & Sounds

If you want to post an item from Special Collections online, use it in a video or audio production, or publish it in a book or article, you'll need a Use Agreement to accompany your Reproduction Request Form.  If the item you're planning to use has rights holders other than the University of Utah, you will need to secure those permissions yourself.

Copyright Resources

The Marriott Library's Copyright Overview and Resources page and the subject guides below can help you figure out your project's copyright needs!

Contact Us

For more information about the Moving Image & Sound Archive or access to our collections, please don't hesitate to contact us directly:

Molly Rose Steed, Asst. Head, Moving Image & Sound Archivist: molly.steed@utah.edu

Rebecca Roper, Moving Image & Sound Digital Archivist: rebecca.roper@utah.edu

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