The VSW Moving Image Collection catalog is currently being built. For more information on the VSW Moving Image Catalog, please contact taranelson@vsw.org.

    To view a PDF of the entire 16mm (film) collection inventory, click here.

    To view a PDF of the entire magnetic media (video) collection, click here.



  • The VSW Film Archive contains over 5,000 16mm films, some of which were donated by the Rochester Public Library Reynolds Audio/Visual Department, the Audiovisual/Technical Services Division at SUNY Brockport, and the University of Rochester.

    The 16mm film titles span several decades and a wide range of categories including educational, animation, feature length, documentary and experimental. VSW hosts several public screenings of films from the collection throughout the year.  For more information on how to access the VSW Film Collection, contact Tara Nelson, Curator, taranelson@vsw.org.

  • The VSW Video Archive houses more than 5,000 videos from the early 1970s to the late 1990s. Video formats in this collection include VHS, BETA, U-matic ¾ inch, 1/2 inch,, 1″ and 2″ open reel formats. The majority of the content is public access programming from the greater Central and Western New York regions and early experimental artists’ video productions. The video collection includes programming by Synapse, Portable Channel, Experimental TV Center, Ithaca Video Festival and Woodstock Community Video. It contains work by noted artists Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, William Wegman, Joan Jonas, Sanja Ivekovic and Dalibor Martinis, and Steina & Woody Vasulka. VSW maintains playback equipment for all collection formats.