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Pre-1945 Film


This resource guide provides you with resources available through the Dulaney-Browne Library for the study of and research about pre-1945 film.

For additional assistance, contact Christina Wolf, Visual Arts Liaison Librarian at 405-208-5919 or cwolf@okcu.edu.


Books in the Dulaney-Browne Library

Use the top-most search box above to search for books available in the collections.

Some books in the Dulaney-Browne Library are available in electronic format. You can find these books during a regular search using the search box above, or you can search directly within the ebrary database.

Reference Resources

Need some basic information about directors, films, actors? Go to our Reference section and browse the 791.43 resources. Here's a selected list of helpful encyclopedias and guides:

R791.43 H656a A Library of Film Criticism: American Film Directors

R791.43 M194cg Magill Surveys: Cinema Great Directors

R791.43 M857 The Motion Picture Guide

R791.4303 G7675 2007 Schirmer's Encyclopedia of Film

R791.4309 C49k3 Cinema Year by Year: The Complete Illustrated History of Film [1894-2006]



To find a list of film-related journals that the library subscribes to either in print or electronically, click here.

Selected Print & Microform Newspapers & Journals

American Cinematographer - Current year in paper, Microfiche for 1995-last year.

American Film - Microfiche 1989-1992

Film Comment - Paper available 2006 to current issue, Microfiche 1995-2005

Film Quarterly - Microfilm 1963-1988, Microfiche 1989-2009 Summer

New York Times - Current issues are in paper, Microfilm 1932-2009

Sight and Sound Paper 1970-1985 (located in the basement - ask for it at the Circulation Desk)

Variety - Microfiche 1995-2001, Paper 2002-present

Databases for Finding Full-Text & Abstracts of Articles

Use the search box above to search for articles in EBSCOhost. Use these specific databases (click on "Choose Databases" to select): Academic Search Complete + Communication & Mass Media Complete + Humanities International Complete.

To search within JSTOR, use this link:

To find local movie reviews and critiques, search
The Oklahoman Archives


The Dulaney-Browne Library media collection includes DVD and VHS videos of award winning feature films, international films, documentaries, and educational features from the OCU Film Institute Collection and the library's collection.


Note: An Actor/Actress search will also include books written by the actor/actress.

In order to browse videos available from the OCU Film Institute Collection use the tool on the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature web page.

You can also browse the collection on the 2nd floor of the Dulaney-Browne Library. DVD and VHS videos are arranged separately on the shelf by Dewey Decimal Call Number. This makes it possible to browse by subject for educational and documentary films. Feature films are arranged by alphabetically by director in the call number 791.4372.


Film Literature Index: Indiana University hosts this database that includes approximately 700,000 citations to articles, film reviews and book reviews published between 1976-2001.

ScreenLex: A pronunciation guide for Film and TV Studies

Library of Congress Moving Image Collections

Moving Image Archive A library of free movies, film, and videos.

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