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Archives and Special Collections Centre

Photo of the Search room at University Archives and Special Collections Centre, London College of Communication
Photo of the Search room at University Archives and Special Collections Centre, London College of Communication
Image courtesy of UAL

Learn about UAL's Archives and Special Collections Centre based at London College of Communication, which holds the Stanley Kubrick Archive.

In our archives and special collections centre you can find materials to enrich your learning, teaching and research. We offer a high-quality learning experience to students from undergraduate to doctoral levels.

At the centre you can access over 35 archives and collections, especially if you’re looking for materials on:

  • Film-making
  • Graphic design
  • Sound arts
  • The history of printing
  • Comic books

We have archives and collections dedicated to renowned graphic artists, filmmakers and designers, including the archives of Stanley Kubrick, Tom Eckersley and Her Noise.

  • London School of Printing Yearbook, London College of Communication Collection, University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections Centre
    Our collections

    Discover our unrivalled collections in film production, graphic design and printing history.

  • Stanley Kubrick during filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Stanley Kubrick during filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey (US/UK 1968) © Warner Bros. Inc.
    Stanley Kubrick Archive

    Explore our extensive archive showcasing the work of acclaimed filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick.

Visiting us

The University Archives and Special Collections Centre is open to UAL students and staff Monday to Friday by advance appointment only.

  • Please email: to request an appointment with at least 3 days' notice.
  • Before booking, please browse our online catalogue and provide us with the reference numbers for the items you want to see.
  • Log in to Academic Support Online to watch this video for information on how to request items from the archives.
  • You may request a maximum of 6 items per visit.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.

Please note that due to social distancing restrictions, we will not be able to respond to requests for very large items which require 2 or more people to move.

ASCC staff will carry out up to 60 minutes of remote research for researchers who are unable to visit the archive. Please email

Teaching sessions

We can arrange teaching sessions for UAL student groups and their tutors. Our experienced staff can introduce you to our archives and collections, sharing interesting information and explaining how you can use them in your practice or research.

We can tailor our sessions if you’re interested in a particular collection, theme or subject. If you would like to arrange a tour please contact us at:

Please note that to comply with UAL's building capacity and social distancing guidelines, most sessions will take place online.

On your visit:

  • We will follow UAL's Social Distancing Policy.
  • Please bring your UAL ID card with you.
  • Bring your own pencils and laptop/tablet to take notes when you visit. Due to social distancing we can't provide them.
  • You will be asked to use hand sanitiser before you begin.
  • You will be asked to wear a face covering.
  • You will be asked to wipe down your study area at the beginning and end of your booked slot.
  • You will be asked to place your personal belongings apart from your study area.

Copying service for remote researchers

We can provide a limited number of copies of archive material for researchers who are unable to visit the archive in person.

There are charges for copying in line with prices charged across library services.

If you wish to have something copied, please email and we can advise you whether this is possible. We will consider the condition and preservation needs of the item, copyright and Data Protection.

Please note, copying items from the Stanley Kubrick Archive is restricted to academic researchers working on university or school projects only. This is due to the archive’s donation agreement.

Photographing items during your visit

If you visit the archive in person, non-flash photographs of materials from our archives and collections are usually permitted for non-commercial research and private study, with the exception of the Stanley Kubrick Archive.

Please ask a member of staff before photographing archive materials. You will need to fill out a copyright declaration form giving details of all items which you photograph.

Commercial reproduction

We can provide copies of archive materials for commercial reproduction such as in books, magazines etc. You must clear copyright on any items before the archive can release images to you. A fee is charged to cover the administration of the copying and provide a contribution to collection care. We can advise on the charge when you make your selection.

Copying of archive material from the Stanley Kubrick Archive for commercial purposes requires approval by the donors of the Archive before we can release any images to you. This process can take some time. If you wish to request images for reproduction we can advise you further on this when you visit.

Find us

University Archives and Special Collections Centre
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle

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