Film and Video Studies

Thomas A. Edison Papers

Alternative Titles
ProQuest History Vault, American politics and society
Description

This collection is broken into the Thomas A. Edison papers, parts 1-5 covering 1850-1919, along with a collection of Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894-1908.

All 5 parts of the Thomas A. Edison papers include lab notebooks, correspondence, and other papers and all are from the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (ENHP) in West Orange, New Jersey. Covering Edison's work on the incandescent light bulb to his marriage to Mina Miller Edison to the consolidation of the National Phonograph Company, these papers provide comprehensive access to the life and work of Edison as inventor, businessman, scientist, and entrepreneur.

The Motion Picture Catalogs collection consists of 6,000 pages of American motion picture catalogs published between 1894 and 1908. The earliest documents were those printed in 1894 by sales agents for Thomas Edison's kinetoscope. The catalogs that were distributed between 1894 and 1908 advertised films, equipment, and related posters, slides, lectures, and phonographs. They ranged from complete multi-page listings of a distributor's stock to one-page synopses of a production company's latest product. After more than a century, a comparatively small number of such catalogs remain. Some are fragmentary or incomplete; most are unique; and all are fragile. In a few cases only photocopies of the originals survive. This collection includes all known catalogs distributed in the United States by U.S. producers, by European producers through their U.S. offices, and by domestic agents for U.S. and European films, and focuses on films that received significant distribution in the United States.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41466
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Film Scripts Online, Volume II

Alternative Titles
American Film Scripts
Description

Film Scripts Online: Volume II makes available for the first time accurate and authorized versions of copyrighted screenplays. Now film scholars can compare the writer’s vision with the producer’s and director’s interpretations from page to screen. Film origins go beyond American classic cinema to include more international and contemporary films from StudioCanal, Ealing Studios, Faber & Faber, Newmarket Press, Warner Brothers, and others.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41221
Access
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Chinese Film and Newsreel Scripts from the Cultural Revolution Online

Description

Documentary films and newsreels were two of the major mass media and communication channels in China from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. They covered all aspects of social activities, though the emphasis was on developments in the building of a socialist country. The bulk of the items in the collection are transcripts for the documentary films and newsreels from the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976. 

 

Note: Collection of film advertisements and transcripts of Chinese documentary films and newsreels that spans the years 1946 to 1985. All documents are in Chinese.


Size: 1750 items (3.0 linear feet) 8 microfilm reels (35 mm) digital images available in the IDC Digital Library (www.idc-digilib.nl)
Provenance: The Chinese Filmscript and Advertisement Collection was received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library as a transfer in 2005. The material in this collection was found in a cinema company office in Henan province, China.
 

Type
Database
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/41038
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Swank Digital Campus

Description

offers streaming of feature films and documentaries produced by major Hollywood and independent studios. Will not work on Google Chrome because it lacks a plugin that enforces Digital Rights Management. Please use another browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox).

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40361
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Docuseek2

Alternative Titles
Docuseek
Description

Docuseek2 provides streaming access to over 750 documentary and social issue films covering a wide variety of subjects. Content providers include Bullfrog Films, Collective Eye Films (including The Fanlight Collection and dGenerate Films), Kartemquin Films, National Film Board of Canada, Scorpion TV, Sincerely Films, Terra Nova Films and Villon Films.

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40130
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Theatre in Video: Volume II

Alternative Titles
Theatre in Video 2
Theatre in Video Volume 2
Theater in Video Volume II
Theater in Video Volume 2
Theater in Video 2
Description

Theatre in Video: Volume II complements Theatre in Video with about 400 additional hours of plays and documentaries.  Volume II has a greater focus on contemporary and international productions.  Includes performances from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the BBC, Theatre Arts Films and TMW Media Group. 

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/40092
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Alexander Street Press

Alternative Titles
Academic Video Online
Alexander Street Video
Description

Search across all video and audio collections provided by Alexander Street Press.  

By making their own account, users can save  and share clips and playlists.  Audio and video recordings can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, available for 48 hours.

Includes:
American History in Video

Art and Architecture in Video

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection

Black Studies in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video, volumes I, II and III

Dance in Video

Dental Education in Video

Engineering Case Studies Online

Ethnographic Video Online, volumes I and II

Filmakers Library Online

Meet the Press

Music Online: American Song

Music Online: Classical Music Library

Music Online: Classical Music in Video

Music Online: Jazz Music Library

Music Online: Opera in Video

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-present

Silent Film Online

The March of Time

Theatre in Video

World History in Video

World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966

 

Type
Audio
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/31657
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Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

Description

Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema explores the pivotal era in entertainment history when previously static images came to life and moved for the first time. The database features printed ephemera, programmes, sheet music, cigarette cards, postcards, games, toys and other merchandise from the pre- and early-cinematic years. The printed books in this collection range from technical magic lantern manuals to children's shadow play whilst the periodicals range from the scientific to early celebrity gossip. Moving Pictures has been digitized in colour and is entirely full-text searchable.

Subjects include: 

  • Early visual entertainment such as shadow play, optical illusions, metamorphic pictures and protean views.
  • Panoramas and dioramas
  • Optical or philosophical toys
  • Peepshows
  • Magic lanterns and image projection
  • Pioneers of cinema: Thomas Alva Edison, the Lumière Brothers, Eadweard Muybridge
  • Early inventions such as the cinematograph, phonograph, and zoopraxiscope
  • Emerging film industry
  • The first film stars
  • Original film footage from 1894-1926

The database also features a virtual exhibition entitled Optical Delights which showcases a selection of the most interesting optical entertainment artifacts and even some video clips of the devices in action!

This material is sourced from the Bill Douglas Centre; a unique treasure trove of pre- and early -cinematic memorabilia based at Exeter University, and the BFI National Archive.

 

 

Type
Subject Gateway
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11847
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Silent Film Online

Description

Classic and little-known films from the silent era, the 1890s to 1930s.  Feature films, shorts and serials are represented.  Includes classics such as "Birth of a Nation", "Intolerance", "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and Battleship Potemkin".  Included are films distributed by British Film Institute National Archive, Cineteca Bologna and Lobster Films in Paris.

When complete, Silent Film Online will include films distributed by Flicker Alley, including several early films by Charlie Chaplin, Lumiere, Mendel, Cecil B. DeMille and Abel Gance.

Type
Video
Coverage
1890's - 1930's
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11747
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New World Cinema: Major Independent Features and Shorts, 1990 to present

Alternative Titles
ASP New World Cinema
Description

The collection includes approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens. There are also some 50 award winning short films.  Includes documentaries, comedies and dramas.

All films were presented at major film festivals,  Collectively the films in the database have won more than 1,000 awards.

Film clips and playlists can be created, saved and shared with others.  Videos can be downloaded to an Apple OS or Android phone, available for 48 hours.

Type
Video
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11743
Access
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