Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Primary Sources in Film & Television Studies
Primary sources are original items created during the time period or subject under examination. In Film and Television Studies, primary sources could be films, television programs, advertisements, scripts, posters, production stills, press releases, manuscripts, costumes, articles from newspapers or magazines, interviews with directors, screenwriters and others working on the production or topic under review, and more possibilities.
This page offers a selection of resources to help locate primary sources. Other pages on this guide might also help in your search.
- Use specific terms (film title, director name, actor name, production company, etc.) rather than general terms when searching for primary sources.
- Searching on the open web for primary sources? Use our Evaluating Websites handout to help you decide if the content you found comes from an authoritative source.
Open Access Digital Collections
Digital Public Library of America
Best place to search for digital collections across many libraries, museums, and historical societies.
Offers digital collections from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences including posters, manuscripts, oral histories, production art, and more. (See the Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections for additional items.)
Lantern -- Media History Digital Library
Features millions of digitized pages of magazines and books from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections
The main repository of materials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences featuring selected digitized items. (See the Academy Collection for additional items.)
Domitor Journals Project
Provides links to historical film periodicals from a selection of countries curated by the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema.
Black Film Center/Archive -- Image Collections
Provides access to digitized content from the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University.
Women Film Pioneers Project
Offers essays, research tools, and bibliographies to help locate primary sources by women in the early film industry. Includes resources from many countries in multiple languages.
Oral History, Interview, and Speech Collections
Podcast Interview Searching
Billing itself as "The Best Podcast Search Engine," this online tool supports searching across multiple platforms for podcasts by keyword.
Artstor This link opens in a new window
Hundreds of thousands of online images and other types of archival content. *Disable your popup blocker and create an account for best results.*
See the full list of current and historical newspaper collections available through Fordham University Libraries.
Scripts & Screenplays
WorldCat FirstSearch This link opens in a new window
Try the subscription-based version of WorldCat to locate scripts.
Reference & Instruction Department
Reference & Instruction Department
Fordham University Libraries
Walsh Library ♦ Rose Hill Campus ♦ 718-817-3586
Quinn Library ♦ Lincoln Center Campus ♦ 212-636-6050
Fordham Westchester Library ♦ Fordham Westchester Campus ♦ 914-367-3061
firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ text 71-TXTX-1284 ♦ Ask a Librarian (Chat)