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Since the late 1960s, representatives from moving image archives have recognized the value of regular meetings to exchange practical information and experiences. Over the years, this group of archivists originally known as the Film and Television Archives Advisory Committee (F/TAAC) expanded from a handful of participants to several hundred archivists from over 100 national, regional and local institutions. In 1990, the name of the group was changed to the Association of Moving Image Archivists. In 1991, AMIA voted to formalize as an individual-based professional association, the only one of its kind in the moving image archival field.  

AMIA is the world's largest professional association of moving image archivists, currently representing over 750 individuals and institutions from the United States and Canada and around the world. In recent years, AMIA has taken on an international dimension as archivists from over 30 countries have joined the association. AMIA members are drawn from a broad cross-section of film, television, video and interactive media: classic and contemporary Hollywood productions, newsreels and documentaries, and national, regional and local television production, including news, public affairs and entertainment programming.

There are also a number of significant specialized collections, including independently produced film  and video art, amateur footage, and film and television programs reflecting ethnic and minority experiences.


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