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Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research

Hours and Access Information

Researchers are encouraged to come to Madison to use the WCFTR collections of moving images, manuscripts and visual materials. We are located on the fourth floor of the Wisconsin Historical Society at 816 State Street, on the east end of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. View directions to the Wisconsin Historical Society for more information.

All onsite access services are provided at no charge.

Access to Films
Access to films and videotapes held at Society is provided through the Archives Research Room. Reference services are provided Monday through Saturday. Films and videotapes may be viewed between 1 pm and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Requests to retrieve films for viewing and appointments for use of the view room must be made not later than 3 pm on the day before the appointment. With the exception of certain films which may be shown to classes on the UW-Madison campus, films do not circulate. For detailed instructions, visit the How to View Films page.

Access to WCFTR Manuscript Collections and Still Photographs
Information about WCFTR manuscript collections is available in ArCat. Access to still photographs and other graphic materials is provided through a card catalog in the Archives Research Room. Although no advance notice is required, patrons are advised to call or write, to confirm that the materials they wish to study will be available for their visit.

Reproduction Services
In addition, photocopies of papers or photographs, as well as photographic reproductions of stills, can be purchased, and limited research services can be provided to offsite patrons for a fee. The WCFTR is not a stock footage library and does not provide reproductions of film footage.

Reference Assistance
For reference assistance you may

  1. Visit the WCFTR
  2. Send a reference request via email
  3. Contact the Center by writing to:

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706

Telephone: 608-264-6466
Fax: 608-264-6472


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