G. William Jones Film & Video Collection

G. William Jones Film & Video Collection

Contact: filmarchive@smu.edu



The G. William Jones Film and Video Collection supports instruction and research in the Meadows School of the Arts, the Southern Methodist University, and the global moving image preservation and research community. The Collection’s primary purpose is to support education through the study, preservation, and presentation of moving images. To this end, the Collection maintains moving images in a wide variety of formats, examples of related equipment, print materials associated with moving images, and a climate-controlled storage facility.

History of the Collection

The Collection was founded in 1970 and was originally known as the Southwest Film/Video Archives. In 1995, the Collection was renamed in memory of its founder, the late Dr. G. William Jones. Dr. Jones was a tireless collector as well as a devoted scholar and teacher in cinema and religious studies.

Pleasure Island

Current Holdings

  • 9,000+ film prints and negatives in all formats
  • 3,000+ videotapes
  • Print materials
  • Antique film equipment
  • Moving image holdings include feature films, news film and video, animation classics, documentaries, television series, and student films

Collection Highlights

Collection Materials


We are grateful for direct financial support. Your contribution can make a tremendous difference in preserving the cultural heritage materials and cultural artifacts which otherwise would not be available for the research and study of moving images. Thank you for your support.

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