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Short Introduction

The Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, founded in 1928, is dedicated to the history of the motion picture. The library contains 'over 10 million photographs, 300,000 clipping files, 80,000 screenplays, 35,000 movie posters and 32,000 books' (

Muybridge highlights within the collection include 50 photographic prints and 65 collotype plates from Animal Locomotion.

Published works by Muybridge held in the collection include:
'The Attitudes of Animals in Motion' (1882) and 'Animal Locomotion' (1887).

There are also many articles and cuttings pertaining to Muybridge at the Margaret Herrick Library, many of which are available on microfiche.

Within the Special Collections, there is a set of research papers for an article on Muybridge titled “Occident Trotting – A Strange Title", as well as copies of two of Edweard Muybridge’s U.S. patents: no. 212,865, dated March 4, 1879 and no. 9,960, reissue date Dec. 6, 1881, in the Earl Theisen collection.

Rights & Reproduction Information

Research photocopies of materials from the collection are available on a limited basis. Researchers may also order digital prints of photographs from the collection.

With the exception of Academy Awards or other Academy-related materials, the Margaret Herrick Library does not claim legal rights for publication or other types of commercial use or reproduction of materials in its holdings.

Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals regarding any information or images obtained from the library.

More Information

Online Presence

Library catalogue

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 115

Images on Glass: 3


Books by Muybridge: 3

Books concerning Muybridge: 27

Articles: Various

Newspaper Cuttings: Various

Unpublished paper & documents

Research notes: 1

Other: 1

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Margaret Herrick Library,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,
333 South La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA

Phone: +1 (310) 247-3000

Fax: +1 (310) 859-9619

Email: General Comment Form:

Lead Contact:
Linda Harris Mehr: Library Director(

Open Hours:
Monday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: CLOSED

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
The Margaret Herrick Library is open to the public. Books, scripts, periodicals, clipping files, and some photograph files can be accessed on a walk-in basis.

General guidelines on using the library may be found here:

Access to Special Collections and Photograph Archive Collections is by appointment only.

Information on accessing Special Collections may be found here:

Information on accessing Photograph Archive Collections
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