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Film & Media Arts

Library Research Guide for the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.

Finding Primary Sources for Film Research

What is a Primary Source?

The UCLA Institute on Primary Resources states that "primary resources provide firsthand evidence of historical events. They are generally unpublished materials, such as manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, audio and video recordings, oral histories, postcards, and posters. In some instances, published materials can also be viewed as primary materials for the period in which they were written."

  • The Jonathan Silent Film Collection (a large collection of ephemera and photographs from the very early silent era, around the time of the breaking of the Edison monopoly with an emphasis on Carl Lewis Gregory and the Thanhauser Film Company)

  • The Bruce Bryant and Carol Johnsen Title Card Collection (television series)

  • The John Copeland Babylon 5 Collection (a collection of scripts, ephemera, maquettes, drawings from the show)

  • The Bob Stockton Film Poster Collection and David Price Film Poster Collection

Production Code Administration (PCA)

The Leatherby Libraries has a collection of documents on microfilm from the Motion Picture Association of America Production Code Administration. Also known as History of Cinema Series 1, Hollywood and the Production Code.

Location: 1st Floor Microfilm Cabinets

Call Number: PN1993.5.U5 H545 2006

Use the spiral bound guide located on top of the 1st Floor Microfilm Cabinets to identify which reel number corresponds to the film you are researching.

The Online Archives of California

Utilize the Online Archives of California website to identify primary source collections of interest to film studies in libraries, museums, and research institutes in California.

Margaret Herrick Library