Many important collections of primary sources, and many individual film journals, are available on microfilm in Regenstein Library.
Cinema Pressbooks from the original studio collections: Features pressbooks, publicity kits sent to distributors with film prints, from the collections of United Artists (1919-1949), Warner Brothers (1922-1949), and Monogram Pictures (1937-1946).
A guide describing the contents of each reel is avialable in print (PN1993.5.U6C564 bookstacks) and online.
Early Filmmakers' Catalogues, 1896-1913: Includes catalogues from early producers and directors in Great Britain, such as Charles Urban, Warwick Trading Co., Cecil Hepworth, Royal Bioscope, Pathe, and more.
'Little Magazines' Series (I & II): Selected Short-Run Cinema Periodicals, 1889-1972: These titles, collected by the British Film Institute, include: Cinema (Cambridge); Cinema Quarterly; Cinematography and Bioscope Magazine; Edison Kinetogram; Film (later called Film Art); Kinema; Optical Magic Lantern Journal; and World Film News.
History of the Cinema, 1895-1940: A wide-ranging selection of significant movie books and pamphlets published before 1940. Nearly 1,000 titles range in subject from contemporary studies in the sociology of the cinema to Hollywood novels, biographies of stars and how-to books on screenwriting.
Major Film Periodicals for Media Research, Series I & II: Series I features Film Daily, an important motion picture (and later film and television) industry daily newspaper and its predecessors, from 1915 to 1970. Series II offers the Film Daily Yearbook, a reference annual and companion to Film Daily, and its predecessors, from 1918 to 1969.
The Wisconsin/Warner Brothers Screenplay series: Final shooting scripts, arranged by genre, of Warner Brothers productions from 1930-1950; collected by the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. Guide provides details of each film, including director, principal cast and source.
Indexes & Catalogs
Use these catalogs and databases to identify archival collections beyond the University of Chicago.
Part of Nineteenth Century Index. Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the US; National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections; and National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States, with finding aids from 300 U.S. repositories.