FIAF's Historical Archive Catalogue

The FIAF Secretariat in Brussels holds a vast archive of historical documents relating to the history of FIAF, and more generally that of the film archive movement. Over the last few years, with the help of students of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and of our Archival Assistant Barbara Robbrecht, the Secretariat has identified, sorted, and catalogued hundreds of boxes of documents going back to the 1930s. The cataloguing process is ongoing, but great progress has been made and many of the boxes are now catalogued at item level.

Researchers can search the FIAF Historical Archive via the search engine below. Should you find documents you are interested in consulting, please contact the FIAF Secretariat. Since its move to new premises in October 2023, the Secretariat had been better equipped to welcome researchers.

Please note that we are also engaged in a vast programme of digitization of documents preserved in the archive. You can consult (and download) a vast selection of these documents in this section of the FIAF website. More documents are added all the time, and we may be able to digitize specific archival documents for you if you have specific requests.

To use the search engine below, type in your desired term; the results will return all matches which contain that term. To search for entries containing parts of words, use an asterisk at the end of the partial word you wish to search for (e.g.: preserva*). Note also that the term searched for must contain at least three letters.