From Wednesday, April 5 through Saturday, April 22, 2017, the Motion Picture Research Room (Room 4000) of the National Archives at College Park will be closed to NARA staff and the public.  This closure is required to facilitate the ongoing building wide re-cabling project to maintain and improve NARA’s network infrastructure.


Digitized motion picture content will continue to be accessible and available on the Special Media Public Access PCs in the Still Picture Research Room (Room 5050) and the Cartographic Research Room (Room 3050).  Digitized content already available online through the National Archives Catalog will also remain accessible and available.


Motion picture reproduction orders (Item Approval Request Lists), and regular reference inquiries sent to the inbox will be unaffected by the temporary closure.


Motion picture reference staff will be available on an on-call basis, and will be able to provide limited consultation service and textual records to onsite researchers.  Textual records in the custody of the Motion Picture Branch (e.g., production files) and which require pull slips will be made available in Room 4050 (Microfilm Research Room), and pulled at the regular pull times. The on-call consultant will arrange for the pulling and refiling of these records for researcher use.


During this period, access to the self-service reference collection and finding aids in Room 4000, as well as regular records pulls from the motion picture holdings, will be suspended.


We expect the Research Room to re-open for normal business hours and operations on Monday, April 24, 2017.


We ask for your patience and understanding while we work to upgrade our infrastructure.  Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to Daniel Rooney, Chief, Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch.  He can be reached at: 301-837-1995, or