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Glossary of Filmographic Terms

FIAF (Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film or International Federation of Film Archives) offes the Glossary of Filmographic Terms, a free, online multilingual dictionary.

Highlighted Resource: Production Code Administration Files

Hollywood, censorship, and the motion picture production code, 1927-1968

Online version of the microfilm collection History of the Cinema. Series 1: Hollywood and the Production Code Administration (MICFILM 4482, plus printed guide). Selected files from the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration, filmed from the holdings of the Magaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The set contains files on 500 films dating from 1927 to 1968, including some significant foreign film releases.

To view a chronological list of films in the collection, click on the link "View All Documents."

Highlighted Resource: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Proquest's Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive includes full-text searching and access for key trade newspapers in theater, film, broadcast media and music, among them the much-requested Variety. The database is primarily historical in focus; coverage extends to the year 2000. For more recent content in the same journals, check eJournals @ Emory (

Titles available in the database include:

  • American Film (Archive: 1975-1992)
  • Back Stage (Archive: 1960-2000)
  • The Billboard (Archive: 1894-1960)
  • Billboard (Archive: 1963-2000)
  • Boxoffice (Archive: 1920-2000)
  • Broadcasting, Combined With Broadcast Advertising (Archive: 1933-1936)
  • Broadcasting, Broadcast Advertising (Archive: 1936-1945)
  • Broadcasting, Telecasting (Archive: 1945-1957)
  • Broadcasting (Archive: 1957-1993)
  • Broadcasting & Cable (Archive: 1993-2000)
  • Contrast (Archive: 1961-1966)
  • The Independent Film Journal (Archive: 1937-1979)
  • The Film Journal (Archive: 1979-1996)
  • Music America Magazine (Archive: 1976-1977)
  • Musician, Player, and Listener (Archive: 1977-1982)
  • Musician (Archive: 1982-1999)
  • New Musical Express (Archive: 1952-2000)
  • Radio & Records (Archive: 1973-1993)
  • R & R (Archive: 1994-2000)
  • Screen international (Archive: 1976-2000)
  • Spin (Archive: 1985-2000)
  • The Stage (Archive: 1880-1959)
  • The Stage and Television Today (Archive: 1959-1994)
  • The Stage (Archive: 1995-2000)
  • Variety (Archive: 1905-2000)

Please note that Proquest is still in the process of adding content. For example, as of November 2012 coverage of Variety extends only from 1951-1975. They will be digitizing and indexing more issues in the coming months, until the archive is complete as listed above.

Highlighted Resource: Media History Digital Library

Media History Digital Library

The Media History Digital Library is an open-access collection of digitized media industry trade papers and fan magazines. In addition to high quality image scans of individual issues, it includes full-text searching. Many of these periodicals are not fully indexed or searchable elsewhere. Publications reproduced include:

  • Business Screen (1938-1973)
  • The Film Daily (1918-1936)
  • International Photographer (1929-1941)
  • Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (1930-1949)
  • Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1950-1954)
  • The Educational Screen (1922-1962)
  • Moving Picture World (1912-1918)
  • Photoplay (1917-1940)
  • Radio Age: Research, Manufacturing, Communications, Broadcasting, Television (1942-1957)
  • Radio Broadcast (1922-1930)

Highlighted Resource: American Film Institute Catalog


American Film Institute Catalog

This excellent online resource for American feature films (1893-1973) gives production information, date of release and date of copyright, length in reels and minutes, director and production staff, source (if based on short story, novel, play), a full cast list (including many uncredited roles)and a plot summary. Contains more detailed and accurate information than commercial websites such as and

Entries often include notes and review sources from cinema and trade journals not indexed anywhere else, making this a useful starting point for more advanced research. Also in print as: Reference PN1998 .A57

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