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Media History: The U.S. Media: Film, Television and Images

Finding Films

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

Enter the title into the search box in the Libraries' online catalog and select "Title" from the pull-down menu. SEARCH. At the results screen, select the format from menu on the left.

DVDs and VHS cassettes are on shelves on the lower level of Dana Library near the group lounge area. Simply take the empty box for the item you want upstairs to the Circulation Desk located in the first floor lobby of the library. Circulation staff will retrieve the tape, CD or DVD for you and check it out to you just as they would a book.

Most circulating DVDs owned by the Media Center in New Brunswick are eligible for the Rutgers Delivery Service.

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.

Streaming Video Collections

Swank Digital Campus
Access to course-assigned feature films. Because this service is maintained to support classroom instruction, the films available through Swank will vary from semester to semester.
A broad selection of streaming documentaries, independent and foreign films, classics, and feature films.

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
TV-NewsSearch: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Index to material in the collection of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive; includes access through Online Streaming Video to thousands of hours of NBC and CNN news broadcasts, as well as abstracts to nightly news programs broadcast by the other national television networks.  Rutgers-restricted Access
American History in Video
Digitized documentaries, newsreel films, and archival footage.   Rutgers-restricted Access

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.

Image Libraries

Over 2 million 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.