A Guide to Motion Picture Catalogs by American Producers and Distributors, 1894–1908: A Microfilm Edition
These texts are from the printed Guide (1985) that accompanies the six-reel edition of microfilmed catalogs, which is available from the publisher, University Publications of America.
Pdfs of the individual catalogs are available through the New Jersey Digital Highway
- Title Page
- Catalogs and the Early Motion Picture Industry
- Motion Picture Catalogs as a Resource
- Notes on Organization
- Key to Listings of Participating Museums, Archives, and Repositories
- Reel Notes
To read the Guide in order, follow the Next / Previous links at the bottom of each page. The first chapters describe the project and offer a historical and contextual introduction to the early days of U.S. motion pictures, with a focus on the role of film catalogs in the growing industry.
To view a complete list of catalogs available in the microfilm collection, select "Reel Notes" from the menu above or from the navigation bar at the bottom of any page. Each catalog has a code based on the issuer (one or two uppercase letters) and the three-digit microfilm frame number on which it begins. Also available is a "Key" to the abbreviations used (in the footnotes and reel lists) for the archives and other institutions from which the catalogs were drawn.