Cinematic Arts Library

Cinematic Arts Library Exterior
Cinematic Arts Library Film Reels

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About this Library

The University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library's primary mission is to support the curriculum of the School of Cinematic Arts and to foster study and research. In addition to an extensive book collection, the library also holds many archives focusing on the history of the film industry and containing many rarely seen photographs, as well as scripts, scores and other artifacts.

The Cinematic Arts Library is committed to becoming a multimedia archive of materials ranging from the raw materials that go into the making of motion pictures, to the finished products themselves, and to all of the new technologies for preserving the moving image and presenting it to a new generation of filmgoers. The library promotes interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative projects such as digital imaging and archiving.

The Cinematic Arts Library is located on the ground floor of the Doheny Memorial Library on the University Park campus.

There are no posted reference hours at the Cinematic Arts Library, but please contact the library for reference questions and to schedule a time when a staff member can be available to answer any reference inquiries.

The library contact is (213) 740-3994.

For archival inquires and appointments, please fill-out our archival request form: http://goo.gl/forms/fLBuRhg5bwhvpuIM2. or email ctlibarc@usc.edu

THE CINEMATIC ARTS LIBRARY ARCHIVAL READING ROOM IS OPEN TO THOSE WITH LEGITIMATE ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROJECTS.  THOSE WITH "FAN-ORIENTED," SPECULATIVE OR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS WILL BE DIRECTED ELSEWHERE.  OUR READING ROOM'S AVAILABILITY FOR FALL, 2019 IS SEPTEMBER 10 TO DECEMBER 4.  THE READING ROOM WILL BE OPEN TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS FROM 10:00 AM UNTIL 4:00 PM.  THE READING ROOM WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 25 THROUGH NOVEMBER 29.  ACCESS TO ARCHIVAL MATERIALS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.      APPOINTMENTS MAY BE MADE BY CONTACTING US AT: ctlibarc@usc.edu.  SINCE THE UNIVERSITY IS BEGINNING THE PROCESS OF MOVING OUR ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS TO NEW OFFSITE STORAGE FACILITIES, SOME COLLECTIONS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO RESEARCHERS DURING FALL 2019 AND SPRING 2020.  BEGIN YOUR CORRESPONDENCE WITH US AT LEAST 4 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR REQUESTED RESERVATION DATE AND BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE IN DESCRIBING WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.

For Warner Bros. Archive inquiries, please fill-out this archival request form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n6eqVgybKoxT3RM9eVefWWgOGIkLLQ0blkEHJDe27Zs/viewform

Please begin correspondences 4 weeks before your intended visit since most of our archival collections are housed off-site. For more information please see our Archival Research page or write to ctlibarc@usc.edu.

 

The Louis B. Mayer Film and Television Study Center

Established through a grant from The Louis B. Mayer Foundation, The Louis B. Mayer Study center offers a viewing collection of almost 13,000 motion picture and television titles in DVD, Laser disc, and VHS formats. Videos may be checked out by USC faculty for classroom screenings in all disciplines, or may be placed on course reserve in Leavey Library if not required for cinema and television classes.

The Study Center maintains 20 viewing stations open to Cinema and Theater majors, and to all students enrolled in the School of Cinematic Arts's film and television courses or the Thornton School of Music's film scoring classes. Other students may view films in the Leavey Library'€™s 24 hour DVD Center. All viewing within the Louis B. Mayer Study Center must be course-related in accordance with U.S. Copyright Law governing public exhibition.

Requests to view videos for individual course-related research may be made.

 

The David L. Wolper Center for the Study of the Documentary

The producer of some 800 collective works, David L. Wolper is a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an inductee to the Television Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Mr. Wolper's television programs received more than 50 Emmy, 7 Golden Globe, and 5 Peabody Awards. His motion picture films garnered 20 Oscar nominations, and 3 awards.

David Wolper donated his personal archives to be housed in the David L. Wolper Center at the University of Southern California. This collection of memorabilia traces Wolper's career over the past half-century of entertainment and covers the process of filmmaking from the initial stages of development through distribution.

Location

The David L. Wolper Center is located on the ground floor of USC's Doheny Memorial Library. Please contact us for an appointment.

 

Warner Bros. Archive

The Warner Bros. Archives will be closed until February 2020 because our curator has left for a new position and we are presently conducting a search to recruit and train a new one.

Presented to USC by Warner Communications in 1977, the USC Warner Bros. Archives is the largest single studio collection in the world. It is the only collection to bring production, distribution and exhibition records together to document the activities of a vertically integrated studio. The making of many classic films such as The Jazz SingerCasablanca and Rebel without a Cause is documented from story purchase through theatrical release and chronicled down to the daily contributions of writers, directors, producers and actors. 

The USC Warner Bros. Archives contains the records of Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. and its motion picture-related subsidiaries (including First National and Vitagraph). The records document the period from 1918 (the release of the brothers’ first major feature film) through 1968 (the sale of the studio to Seven Arts). Also included are extensive production records for Warner Bros. television series from 1955-1968. The holdings include:

  • Legal, production, story and publicity files 
  • Correspondence, memoranda and documents 
  • Scripts, treatments, outlines and synopses 
  • Publicity and historical stills 
  • Film music scores, orchestral parts and original sketches 
  • Art department stills and set drawings 
  • Animation drawings and backgrounds 
  • Stanley-Warner theater chain exhibition records 

Materials may be viewed by appointment only.

The Warner Bros. Archives is managed by the School of Cinematic Arts. For more information, please visit the http://cinema.usc.edu/wb.

For Warner Bros. Archive inquiries, please fill-out this archival request form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n6eqVgybKoxT3RM9eVefWWgOGIkLLQ0blkEHJDe27Zs/viewform. If you have further questions regarding the Warner Bros. Archive, please write to ctlibarc@usc.edu.