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Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research

How to View Films

WCFTR motion pictures can be viewed by anyone working on a specific research project. You do not have to be affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Historical Society or another academic institution. However, we cannot accommodate requests for viewing unrelated to research.

All film viewing is done at the WCFTR Film and Photo Archive. We have Steenbeck flatbed viewing machines for 16mm and 35mm film and videotape players for ¾" and ½" videocassettes. All viewing is done by appointment between 1 pm and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

You must reserve a viewing machine and the titles you wish to view by 3 pm of the preceding day.

  • To make a reservation by phone, please call 608-264-6460 during reference hours.
  • You may also reserve by sending an email, but you should reconfirm via telephone to insure availability of equipment and films.
  • All films should be reserved by call number. The call number for each title is noted in the call number field of that film's record in the Film Database.


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