Overview of the Collection
This area of the collection supports the CTVA department, which offers two different degrees: a B.A. in Cinema and Television Arts and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. The holdings are not limited to one discrete area of the library; many of the books are on the third and fourth floors, journals on the fourth floor, and DVDs/videos of feature films and television shows on the second floor (within Music & Media). Some DVDs and videos are part of the Instructional Media Collection and may only be used within Music & Media.
The Oviatt's materials complement the CTVA department's library of screenplays, housed in Manzanita Hall.
Scope of Coverage
Language: materials are primarily collected in English. Foreign films with subtitles, rather than English language dubbing, are preferred.
Geographical areas: the collection includes films and books from many countries and is not limited to American and Western materials.
Chronological periods: the Library updates time-sensitive materials (such as guides to new audio technology) to the extent possible. A goal is to fill in gaps in film and television history, including published scripts and criticism, as well as past Oscar and other award-winning films on DVD.
Types of Materials
Collected: reference works, including research guides, annotated bibliographies, encyclopedias, directories, and the BFI Series; periodicals; published screenplays and scripts; DVDs of television series and feature films
Collected selectively: videos of feature films and series when DVDs are not available or out of print. Souvenir-like guides to films and television series. Dissertations and theses from other universities.
Not collected: unpublished screenplays, pre-VHS formats of film and television
- YBP/GOBI Direct
- Choice reviews
- Film/Television journal reviews, such as Film Comment
- Trade reviews, such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar-winning films, for example)
- CTVA faculty requests
- CTVA student requests
Written by Lindsay Hansen, CTVA Bibliographer.