The School of Communication Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies at the University of Miami is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the history, aesthetics and social and cultural impact of motion picture media.
The goals of the Herrick Center are to provide support for research, to further the important work of preservationists and archivists, to facilitate the study and teaching of film at the University, and to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the University and the South Florida community through lectures, conferences, seminars and workshops, and through screenings at the Bill Cosford Cinema, the on campus state-of-the-art theater that specializes in exhibiting first-run alternative, foreign and classic films.
In pursuing these goals, the Herrick Center will rely on the extensive use of the extraordinary collection of moving image materials that Norton Herrick, Chairman of Herrick Entertainment, a motion picture and theatrical production and financing company, has donated to the School of Communication. Appraised at $32 million, this collection of over 3000 films and television programs include many rare and otherwise unavailable titles. One of the Herrick Center's major projects is to digitize materials in this collection to make them accessible on-line to researchers worldwide.