Anthology Film Archives



Please Note: Anthology's library is temporarily closed for renovations and upgrades through 2016. During this period, we can not accommodate research requests or provide access to our paper, book, and stills collections. Appointment access to these materials will be reinstated upon reopening.


Access to Anthology Film Archives’ Jerome Hill Research Library is by appointment.

The library is a closed stack facility so it cannot be visited. Anthology’s library contains nearly10,000 books24,000 files organized by individual, institution and subject; 250 sets of periodicals; thousands of stills; and various other paper, audio and visual materials.

To make research requests, please provide us with the name of the film, filmmaker, individual or institution that you are researching in your initial request. We will discuss any relevant research materials and then set-up an appointment for access.

Researchers are welcome to visit Anthology on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5pm. There is a $20/day registration fee. Xerox copies are $1 for the first page, 25 cents for each subsequent page.  Payment must be made in cash for the exact amount (we cannot make change). There is a 5% fee to pay credit cards.

If you are interested in obtaining a journal article, please consult the list of journals on our web site. If we have the periodical, please supply the year and number of the issue, title of article. We can supply Xerox copies at $1 for the first page, 50 cents each for subsequent pages and the cost of postage.

A selection of stills and photographs from Anthology’s collection are available for consultation and publication. If reproducing these images you are responsible for all rights clearances and must provide proof/documentation from the rights holder when making your request. For fees and procedures visit the Collections / Stills page of this website.

Please note that while Anthology has materials on all eras of film history and thousands of individuals, our primary focus is on personal, avant-garde, and experimental cinema. We have modest files on major directors John Ford or William Wyler, but if your interest is Hollywood or industry film-making our library will likely disappoint you. For this type of research please try the NY Public Library at Lincoln Center, NYU, Columbia, MoMA, or the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in LA.




Film Stills Usage

These images are provided for educational purposes only. If you would like to reproduce them digitally or in print, you must contact us to request permission. Please see the fee scale below for usage fees. If you find a still on this site that you would like to use, please download the Order Form and fill it out, referring to the file name listed on the site (e.g. wb0001th.jpg).
If you do not see what you are looking for, please indicate exactly what you are looking for on the Order Form. Please be as specific as possible. Email the completed form as instructed on the Collections / Stills page of this website.

We have many more stills in our photo collection, as well as in our image database. You can make an appointment to do photo research by following the instructions on the Collections / Research Access page of this website.

Generally, no fee is charged for use of images by instructors, by students for assignments, or for editorial / publicity use of stills in Anthology’s collection. Otherwise, image reproduction fees are based on Non-profit or Commercial status, defined as thus:

•             Non-profit use: Use by non-profit entities (proof of non-profit status is required), accredited educational institutions and their departments (including academic presses), and government entities.

•             Commercial Use: Use in a profit making venture.


Non-Profit Use                            Per image

North American publication            $25

Worldwide publication                    $50

Video/DVD/Television                     $75

Book/DVD covers                           $100

Commercial Use                          Per Image

North American publication            $100

Worldwide publication                    $125

Video/DVD/Television                     $200

Book/DVD covers                           $150

SPECIAL FEES: For the creation of new stills from a film(s).

$25 equipment fee + $25/hour (1 hour minimum)

Non-profit RUSH orders:
 $25 equipment fee + $50/hour (1 hour min.)

: $25 equipment fee + $45/hour (1 hour min.)

Commercial RUSH orders:
 $25 equipment fee + $75/hour (1 hour min.)

Artist rates may be available upon request.

The above image fees are for still images only. For moving image licensing, please contact Archivist John Klacsmann at: johnk [at] anthologyfilmarchives [dot] org