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Using the Library Catalog

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History of the American Cinema series

Scribner's History of the American Cinema series is a good starting point for studying decade-by-decade historical trends with the U.S. film industry. Each volume is written by a leading film scholar in the field.

Musser, Charles. The Emergence of Cinema: the American screen to 1907. New York: Scribner, 1990.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.1
Electronic access

Bowser, Eileen. The transformation of cinema, 1907-1915. New York: Scribner, 1990.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.2
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Koszarski, Richard. An evening’s entertainment : the age of the silent feature picture, 1915-1928. New York: Scribner, 1990.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.3
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Crafton, Donald. The talkies : American cinema’s transition to sound, 1926-1931. New York: Scribner, 1997.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.4
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Balio, Tino. Grand design : Hollywood as a modern business enterprise, 1930-1939. New York: Scribner, 1993.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.5
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Schatz, Thomas. Boom and bust: the American cinema in the 1940s. New York: Scribner, 1997.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.6
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Lev, Peter. Transforming the screen, 1950-1959. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 L445 2003.
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Monaco, Paul. The sixties, 1960-1969. New York: Scribner, 2001.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.8
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Cook, David A. Lost illusions : American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979. New York: Scribner, 2000.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.9
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Prince, Stephen. A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989. New York: Scribner, 2000.
Print: PN1993.5 .U6 H55 1990 V.10
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