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The Golden Age of Hollywood: 1930s - 1940s

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Guides & Encyclopedias

Bibliographies & Indexes
Frequently Cited Works
General Databases
Genre Sources
Guides & Encyclopedias
Journals & Magazines
Locating Relevant Books
Major Films & Names


While UNC owns no guides, dictionaries, or encyclopedias specifically devoted to Hollywood’s Golden Age, it has several general film resources. Many contain alphabetically arranged entries that provide an introduction, overview, and general factual information for quick reference.

American Film Institute. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the U.S. New York: Bowker, 1971.
  • One of the world's major film collections. Documents every American film from 1893-1950 and 1961-1970. Very complete information on over 45,000 films, 500,000 actors, and 27,000 directors.
  • Davis Reference (PN1998.A57)
    Undergraduate Library Reference (PN1998 .A57)
Brown, Gene, ed. The New York Times Encyclopedia of Film. New York: Times Books, 1984.
  • A reprint collection of articles on film that appeared in The New York Times between 1896 and 1979. Does not contain New York Times film reviews. Arranged in order by date. Contains an extensive index to people, places, themes, and things.
  • Davis Reference (PN1993.N465 1984)

Dimmitt, Richard. A Title Guide to the Talkies: A Comprehensive Listing of 16,000 Feature-Length Films From October, 1927, Until December, 1963. New York: Scarecrow Press, 1965.

  • Organized by title, this guide contains the studio, release date, screenwriter, and work adapted from for 16,000 films. Includes a name index.
  • Davis Reference (PN1998 .D55)
Slide, Anthony. The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Westport, CT: Scarecrow, 1998.
  • Includes short articles on film companies, technological innovations, industry terms, genres and organizations. Covers the beginnings of the film industry to the present. Many articles have bibliographies.
  • Davis Reference (PN1993.5.U6 S539 1998)
    Undergraduate Library Reference (PN1993.5.U6 S539 1998)
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