Non-Theatrical Film Collection

See and Hear Journal

The educational possibilities of motion pictures were recognized early in the development of motion pictures and by the 1920s the "Visual Education" movement was established and extremely active. Spurred by the introduction of the cheaper to use, nonflammable 16mm format in 1923, the reuse of existing films for education and creation of new films for the classroom were part of a parallel motion picture industry. The non-theatrical industry hoped that students or employees would learn faster with greater retention of information that was presented in an interesting manner using motion pictures. The industry peaked in World War II, as films were commissioned for training of factory works and soldiers alike, by companies to create goodwill and the government for overt and subtle propaganda.

The development and growth of the educational film movement is well documented in the pages below of Educational Film Magazine and its successor, The Educational Screen. The complementary industry of films for industry, sponsored films and later television commercials is captured in Business Screen (which later absorbed See & Hear). Also in the non-theatrical genre were the films made by individuals, camera clubs and amateur film societies in the U.S. and Great Britain. Home Movies and Home Talkies followed the progress of these groups, while also providing technical advice, advertisements for new and used equipment, and promoting examples of successful amateur films. An important part of the amateur filmmaking movement was the availability of Hollywood films on small gauge formats for home use -- catalogs for which are also included in this collection.

Extensive Runs

Business Screen (1938-1973)

The Educational Screen (1922-1962)

Home Movies and Professional Cine Photographer (1934-1954)

Movie Makers (1926-1953)

San Francisco Cinematheque Program Notes (1984-1999)

See and Hear: The Journal on Audio-Visual Learning (1945-1953)

Select Holdings

Non-Theatrical Catalogs (1918-1956)

  • 28mm (US)
  • 16mm (US)
    • Catalogue of the National Film Library of Sixteen Millimeter Motion Pictures. 1931 | Read | Download |
    • Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library 16mm Motion Pictures, Sixth Edition. 1936 | Read | Download |
    • Eastman Kodak Stores, Inc., Sound Films For Rental at the Eastman Kodak Stores Kodascope Libraries Division. 1942. Vol 9 | Read | Download |
    • Films Incorporated, 16mm Sound-on-Film Motion Pictures. 1936 | Read | Download |
    • Ideal Pictures Corporation, Catalogue Listing 35mm and 16mm Motion Pictures Silent and Sound-on-Film. | Read | Download |
    • Kodascope Libraries, Inc., Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library Motion Pictures. 1932. Vol 5 | Read | Download |
    • Kodascope Libraries, Inc., Descriptive catalogue of Kodascope library motion pictures, classified for convenient reference. c.1925 | Read | Download |
    • Kodascope Libraries, Inc., Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library Motion Pictures. 1926. Vol 2 | Read | Download |
    • Kodascope Libraries, Inc., Complete Descriptive Catalogue of Kodascope Library of Motion Pictures 16mm. | Read | Download |
    • Mogull's Camera and Film Exchange, Inc., Catalog of 16mm Silent Motion Picture Film Library. 1940 | Read | Download |
    • Mogull's Camera and Film Exchange, Inc., Catalog of 16mm Silent Motion Picture Film Library. 1945. Vol E | Read | Download |
    • Motion Picture Bureau - National Council YMCA, Selected Motion Pictures 16 and 35 Silent and Sound. 1936. Vol 23 | Read | Download |
    • National Cinema Service presents the 1942-1943 Film Rental Library Catalog. 1942 | Read | Download |
    • Pathe Exchange, Inc., Catalogue of Pathe´pictures Selected for Educational, Religious and Social Groups. 1925 | Read | Download |
    • Walter O. Gutlohn, Inc. 16mm Sound Entertainment Films Catalog. Vol 9 | Read | Download |
  • 16mm (UK)
    • Kodascope Library, Complete Catalogue 8mm Kodascope Library of Motion Pictures. | Read | Download |
  • 9.5mm (US)
    • Pathex, Inc., Catalog of Pathex Motion Pictures for the Home. 1926 | Read | Download |
    • Pathex, Inc., Catalog of Pathex Motion Pictures for the Home. 1927 | Read | Download |
  • 9.5mm (UK)
    • Pathescope Ltd., Pathescope Film Catalogue 9.5mm. 1941 | Read | Download |
    • Pathescope Ltd., Pathescope 9.5mm Sound. 1956 | Read | Download |
  • 8mm (UK)
    • Kodascope Library, Complete Catalogue 8mm Kodascope Library of Motion Pictures. | Read | Download |

Darren Nemeth Collection of Home Movie Pamphlets and Instructional Material (1919-1937)

  • Program for Howland Theatre, Pontiac, Michigan (ca. 1919) | Read | Download |
  • United Projector & Film Co. Safety Cinemas Booklet (advertising 28mm home cinemas, 1919) | Read | Download |
  • Cine-Kodak Model B Pamphlet (October 1, 1925) | Read | Download |
  • Care and Operation, Bell & Howell Filmo Automatic Cine Camera (1926) | Read | Download |
  • Motiograph De Luxe Instruction Manual, 4th Edition (ca. 1927) | Read | Download |
  • Instructions for Use of the Cine-Kodak Model B f/6.5 Lens (1927) | Read | Download |
  • Instructions for the Use of the Cine-Kodak Model B f/1.9 Lens (1928) | Read | Download |
  • Exposure Guide, Cine Kodak Model B f/1.9 Lens (1928) | Read | Download |
  • Instruction Pamphlet for Taking Kodacolor Pictures (1928) | Read | Download |
  • Instructions for Using the Cine-Kodak Model B with f/4.5 Long Focus Lens (1928) | Read | Download |
  • Junior Scenarios for Home Movies (1928) | Read | Download |
  • Kodacolor Instruction Booklet (1930) | Read | Download |
  • Making the Most of Your Cine-Kodak Model K (1931) | Read | Download |
  • Making Titles and Editing Your Cine-Kodak Films (1931)| Read | Download |
  • Your First Fifty Pictures (1931) | Read | Download |
  • Picture Taking at Night (1932) | Read | Download |
  • At Home With Your Kodak (1934) | Read | Download |
  • Movie Making Made Easy (William J. Shannon, 1937) | Read | Download |
  • Home Movie Accessories for Use with Cine-Kodaks and Kodascopes (1937) | Read | Download |
  • How to Make Home Movies in Full Color with Cine-Kodak Kodachrome Safety Color Film (1937) | Read | Download |

Descriptive Catalogue of Pathescope De Luxe Special Features (circa 1918-1920)

Education by Visualization (1919)

Educational Film Magazine (1919-1922)

Experimental Cinema (1930-1934)

Filmo Topics (1931-1942)

International Review of Educational Cinematography (1929-1934)

Moving Picture Age (1919-1922)

Personal Movies (1933)

Photoplay Studies (1935-1938)

Reel and Slide (1918-1919)

Visual Education (1920-1924)