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Imagery and Culture: Visual Expressions of American Culture: Film, Television and Images

Propaganda: Posters and Other Visual Materials

World War II Poster Collection at Northwestern University Library
Over 400 posters issued by U.S. Federal agencies.
World War II Propaganda Films and IU
Streaming access to over 200 War-era films from IULMIA's collections. In addition to films focused on war news and topice, includes films about domestic life and economy, agriculture, workplace training, and the cultures of the allied nations.
"Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955." A digital collection from the Duke University Libraries.
Emergence of Advertising in America
"Over 2,800 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States." A digital collection from the Duke University Libraries.
The Visual Front: Posters of the Spanish Civil War from UCSD's Southworth Collection
Some 100 propaganda posters from the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War.
German Propaganda Archive: Visual Material
Posters, caricatures, post cards, clothing, etc.

Radio, Television, and Film

Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
Includes Variety film reviews from 1914 to the present as well as more than 36,000 images from the MPTV Image Archive.   Rutgers-restricted Access
American History in Video
Digitized documentaries, newsreel films, and archival footage.   Rutgers-restricted Access
Videos on Politics: War Culture and Propaganda
Videos and DVDs in the Rutgers Library collections.
Videos on Politics: Media and Politics
Videos and DVDs in the Rutgers Library collections.
Swank Digital Campus
Digital access to feature films and documentaries that Rutgers instructors are using in their courses this year. Content will change from semester to semester.

Finding Early Film Reviews

Film Review Index. 2 vols
Patricia King Hanson & Stephen L. Hanson, editors. Phoenix, Ariz., Oryx Press, 1986-
One of the best sources for finding early film reviews, the Film Review Index cites reviews to over 7000 feature films released between 1914 and 1985. Vol. 1: 1882-1949; Vol. 2: 1950-1985. In addition to popular magazines, the index also lists reviews in trade publications, newspapers, anthologies, and selected books.
Dana Call Number: Ref. PN1995 .F513 1986

Once you have the list of sources in which a specific film was reviewed, you will need to go to the Rutgers Library Catalog to find out if that source is available at Rutgers.BROWSE by the Periodical title when searching with the journal name or by Title when searching for a book.
Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature Retrospective. 1900- .
Index to the major general interest and popular periodicals from the late 19th century to 1982. An excellent source for finding film reviews.

Historical Magazines

Media History Digital Library: Online Access to the Histories of Cinema, Broadcasting & Sound
The Media History Digital Library digitizes collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. Over 800,000 pages currently scanned. Among available titles are: Broadcasting 1931-1956; The Film Daily 1918-1948; Photoplay 1914-1943; Radio Age 1942-1957; and Variety 1905-1949.

Image Libraries

Approximately 700,000 images with citations in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. Rutgers-restricted Access
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Over 685,000 images digitized from NYPL collections.
Digital Schomburg: Images of African Americans from the 19th Century
Search or browse a rich collection of images taken from the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.

You can also use Google Image Search to look for images of particular people or subjects.

Finding Films

Want to know if the Rutgers Libraries own a particular film?

Select the "Browse" tab in the Library Catalog. Enter the title into the "TITLE" search box. If this results in a list with multiple records, select the record with the appropriate format (for example, DVD).

Videos/DVDs owned by the Dana Library are available for viewing in the Media Center on the 4th floor of Dana Library.
Videos that are only available from the Media Center in New Brunswick must be booked BY FACULTY for class viewing. All other users must view materials on-site at the Media Center in the Douglass Library. Advance reservations for viewing rooms are recommended. To make a reservation, call 732-932-978.