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Hollywood Studio System Collection (1913-1960s)

The American film studios have dominated the domestic and international film markets since the late-1910s. The major studios, such as Paramount and Fox, were vertically integrated–controlling production, distribution, and exhibition.

The corporate headquarters were located in New York, but the production divisions operated on the West Coast. The name “Hollywood” is now associated with the entire studio system and the memorable films the system produced.

The periodicals in this collection chart the studio system during its rise, the transition to sound, and Great Depression years. The periodicals present a variety of points of view within the industry, from the production-oriented Hollywood Reporter to the exhibitor-oriented publication Harrison’s Reports, a “reviewing service free from the influence of film advertising.” The cornerstone of this collection is a two decade run of The Film Daily, a leading motion picture trade paper published out of New York that reached participants involved in all aspects of the movie business. The Film Daily includes innumerable reviews of features and shorts, news reports from throughout the industry, occasional features stories, and hundreds of full-page ads.

Extensive Runs

Camera! (1919-1929)

Cine-Mundial (1916-1946)

    Description (English)

      Cine-Mundial, the Spanish-language version of Moving Picture World, was published between 1916 and 1948. The magazine documents Hollywood’s growing dominance in Latin American markets in the 1920s and the emergence of national film industries, such as those of Mexico and Argentina after the introduction of sound film. Far from being a mere translation of its English-language counterpart, Cine-Mundial focused on issues that were important to its readers in Latin American and Spain—the representation of Latin Americans on screen, the geo-politics of film distribution, and Hollywood’s short foray into Spanish-language film production in the late 1920 and early 1930s. Functioning as both trade publication and fan magazine, its regular columns that featured reports from national correspondents and letters from readers from every corner of the Spanish-speaking world provides invaluable insight into Latin American audiences and their reception of both imported and nationally or regionally produced films.

      – Laura Isabel Serna, 2013.

    Descripción (español)

      Cine Mundial, la versión en español de Moving Picture World fue publicado entre 1916 y 1948. La revista documenta el crecimiento del dominio de Hollywood en los mercados de América Latina que surgió en los años veinte tanto como el nacimiento de industrias cinematográficas nacionales como las de México y Argentina. Más que una mera traducción de su contraparte en inglés, Cine-Mundial enfocaba en asuntos de importancia para sus lectores en América Latina y España—la representación de latinos en el cine estadounidense, la economía política de la producción y distribución de películas, y las esfuerzas de Hollywood a complacer los públicos latinos, como la producción de películas en español a los finales de los años veinte y primeros años del siguiente década. Funcionó al mismo tiempo como publicación comercial y revista para aficionados del cine. Las columnas de noticias mensual escritas por corresponsales desde varias naciones y ciudades de América Latina y las cartas enviadas a la redacción desde los rincones del mundo hispano proporcionan una visión panorámica de los públicos latinos y su recepción de películas importadas, nacionales, y regionales.

      – Laura Isabel Serna, 2013.


      Cine-Mundial was scanned and sponsored by the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation. The 1916-1946 run accessible below is missing the following three volumes and years: vol. 4 (1919), vol. 9 (1924), and vol. 15 (1930).

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Exhibitors Herald (1917-1924)

The Film Daily (1918-1948)

Harrison’s Reports (1929-1962)

Independent Exhibitors Film Bulletin (1934-1963)

Motion Picture Daily (1931-1960)

Motion Picture Herald (1931-1956)

Motion Picture News (1913-1930)

Motion Picture News Booking Guide (1922-29)

Showmen’s Trade Review (1939-1949)

Variety (1905-1949)

Select Holdings

20th Century-Fox Close-Ups (1937-38)

20th Century-Fox Dynamo (1939-60)

20th Century-Fox Studio Special (1941)

Fox West Coast Theaters Now (1930)

A Showman’s Guide for Better Business (20th Century-Fox, 1949)

Action (20th Century-Fox, 1941-58)

Agfa Motion Picture Topics (1937-1940)

The Art of Sound Pictures (1930)

The Associated First National Franchise (1921-22)

Boxoffice (1961-1963)

Boxoffice Barometer (1961-1963)

Box Office Digest (1938-1946)

Action (20th Century-Fox, 1941-58)

Cinema Progress (1935-1939)

The Cinema News and Property Gazette (1922-1946)

DeForest Achievements (late 1920s)

Dramatic Mirror (1922)

Educational Talking UFA Motion Pictures (ca. 1930)

Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World (1928)

Exhibitors Herald World (1929-1930)

Exhibitors Trade Review (1921-1926)

Film Curb (1939)

Film Follies (Christie Film Company, 1922-24)

The Film Mercury (1926-29)

Film News (1923)

Film Spectator (1928)

Focus: A Film Review (1948-53)

The Gold Rush Souvenir Program (1925)

Hollywood Daily Screen World (1931)

Hollywood Filmograph (1929-1934)

Hollywood Motion Picture Review (1937-40)

Hollywood Reporter (1933-1934)

Hollywood Spectator (1931, 1937-39)

Hollywood Vagabond (1927)

The Independent Film Journal(1944, 1955

Inside Facts of Stage and Screen (1930-31)

The Life and Adventures of Carl Laemmle (1931)

Looking Ahead (1933)

Loudspeaker (American Projection Society, 1931)

Meglin Kiddie News (Meglin Dance Studios, 1933)

Mensajero Paramount (1927-1938)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Short Story (1937-1941)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio News (1938-40)

Trader Horn souvenir program (1931)

Motion Picture Art Portfolio (1927)

The Motion Picture Director (1925-26)

Motion Picture Directing: the Facts and Theories of the Newest Art (Peter Milne, 1922)

The Motion Picture and the Family (1934-1938)

The Motion Picture Industry as a Basis for Bond Financing (1927)

The Motion Picture Review (1926)

Motion Picture Reviews (Women’s University Club, LA Branch, 1930-1944)

Motion Picture Review Digest (1936-1939)

Motion Picture Studio Insider (1937)

Motion Picture Theater Management (1927)

Motion Picture Times (1919)

Motion Picture Times (Regional Exhibitor Trade Paper for Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, 1931)

The Movies…and the People Who Make Them (1939-1940)

Newsreel Man (1931)

Pathe Sun (1929-30)

Paramount’s 20th Birthday Jubilee (1931)

Paramount Service (1924)

Paramount World (1958-62)

The Story of the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation (Cecil B. DeMille/Famous Players-Lasky, 1919)

Production Design (1951-52)

Radio Pictures Exhibitors Book (1929-30)

RKO Palace Program (1931)

The Screen Writer (1945-1948)

Screen Opinions (1923-24)

Studio Skeleton (Goldwyn Studios, 1919-1920)

Talking Picture Magazine (1929-34)

Talking Screen (1930)

Technicolor News & Views (1939-1955)

Time Magazine (1935)

The Truth About the Movies, by the Stars (1924)

Tullars Weekly (1923-24)

Universal Weekly (1923-1936)

The Gold Mine (Universal Pictures, 1928-1930)

Pictures (Universal Pictures, 1946)

Vitaphone Brochure (Warner Bros., 1927)

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