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May Hong HaDuong has been appointed director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the world’s largest university-held collection of motion pictures and broadcast programming.
HaDuong will become the fourth director in the organization’s 55-year history and the first woman and person of color to lead the archive, the second-largest U.S. repository of moving images after the Library of Congress. She assumes her new job Feb. 22.
A UCLA alumnus, HaDuong now serves as senior manager of public access at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a principal representative for its film archive. Before that, she was the project manager for the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for LGBTQ Moving Image Preservation, a collaboration between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest.
“It is a tremendous privilege to return to the institution that planted my passion for moving image archiving, open access and fostering cinema culture,” HaDuong said in a statement. “I am honored and excited to join the UCLA Film & Television Archive as its next director and deeply committed to the organization’s mission to rescue, preserve and showcase moving images.”
HaDuong, who has worked in the film archiving world for more than 15 years, earned her master’s in moving image archive studies from UCLA in 2006 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in cinema and media studies from Wellesley College in 2000.
“As we seek to broaden access to and representation across our collections, May’s experience in public access, her scholarly interests and her personal biography, as both the daughter of immigrants and as an active proponent of underrepresented communities, uniquely positions her to move the film archive forward at this critical moment in its history,” said Virginia Steel, the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian.
She fills the position last held by Jan-Christopher Horak, who departed as director in October 2019.
As director, HaDuong will oversee all areas of the archive, including the collection, preservation and exhibition of film and television materials, management, digitization services, content licensing and services provided by the Archive Research and Study Center, located in the Powell Library.
The ARSC provides access to materials for scholars, students, educators, film and television professionals, and the general public. Among the archive’s two primary collections are more than 500,000 holdings, including about 159,000 motion picture titles and 132,000 TV titles.
Additional collections include more than 27 million feet of newsreels, 222,064 broadcast recordings and 9,138 radio transcription disc holdings.
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