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Film and Media Studies Resources @ Pitt

Information about film and media studies resources available to the Pitt community.


PittCat PittCat is the main searching tool for all of the materials owned by the University Library System (ULS), including articles, books, ebooks, journal articles, ejournals, audio and video, digital images, government documents, microfilm and movies.

What makes information "scholarly"

Instructors often ask students to find “scholarly”, “academic”, or “peer reviewed” sources of information for their research.  These terms all refer to the same type of information – sources based on in-depth research, and are considered higher in quality and more reliable for your research. 

These sources can range from chapters within books or entire books, or journal articles, but all have common characteristics that can help you recognize that type of information.

Film Studies Databases

Placing Film Studies in Context

Microform Collections

For more information on the following microform collections, which are housed at ULS - Thomas Blvd., consult the detailed version of the record for each in PittCat. 

  • Association of Workers of Revolutionary Cinematography (1923-1932)
  • Cahiers du cinéma, 1951-1964; 1965-1980; 1983; 1985-1997
  • Cinema Pressbooks from the Original Studio Collections
  • Cinema History Microfilm Series.  Film Journals, Part 1
  • Cinema History Microfilm Series.  Film Journals, Part 2
  • Communist Activity in the Entertainment Industry: FBI Surveillance Files On Hollywood, 1942-1954
  • D.W Griffith Papers, 1897-1954
  • Early Russian Cinema, 1907-1918 (early Russian film journals)
  • Film Daily
  • Film Daily Yearbook of Motion Pictures
  • Hollywood and the Production Code  (film case files from the MPAA’s PCA)
  • Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will
  • Little Magazine Series: Selected Complete Short-run Cinema Periodicals, 1889-1972
  • Merritt Crawford Papers
  • Moscow Lenin Order Mosfilm Studio (1938-1945)
  • Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894-1908
  • Motion Picture Story Magazine, 1911-1941
  • Nickelodeon and Motography, 1908-1918
  • Photoplay, 1912-1980
  • What Women Wrote: Scenarios, 1912-1929
  • Will Hays Papers (papers from the former director of the MPPDA)

Soviet Cinema

Historical Magazines