American Women's History: A Research Guide
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Broidy, Ellen. Film [online]. Collection Development Core Lists. [Chicago]: Women's Studies Section, Association of College & Research Libraries, 2001; distributed by University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's Office. Available from:

Film Literature Index [online]. Albany, NY: Film and Television Documentation Center ; Bloomington, IN:; Indiana University Digital Library Program, 2001- .

McEldowney, Philip. Women in Cinema: A Reference Guide [online]. December 1994 [cited 17 August 2000]. Available from:

Women in Film and Television: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Libraries [online]. Berkeley, Calif.: Library, University of California, 1996- . Available from:

Biographical Sources

Unterburger, Amy L., ed. Women Filmmakers & Their Films. Detroit: St. James Press, 1998.


Blanchard, Margaret A., ed. History of the Mass Media in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

Lowe, Denise. Women and American Television: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 1999. 513p.


Camera Obscura [Duke University Press] []

Media Report to Women. Washington: Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press, 1972- . Bimonthly.

Networking with People

H-Film Discussion Network []

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

Media Services Television History Archive, Syracuse University Library []

Motion Picture & Television Reading Room, Library of Congress []

UCLA Film and Television Archive []

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Molly Picon [online]. Brookline, Mass.: Jewish Women's Archive, n.d. [cited 8 April 2002]. Available from:
This excellent biographical profile of Picon (1898-1992) includes photographs, film clips, and a few letters.

Photo Database & Virtual Gallery [online]. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, n.d. [cited 25 February 2002]. Available from:
Search tip: enter actress* as a search term to retrieve records that include "actors and actresses" as subject headings and those that just mention "actress."

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Alan Barbour's Screen Facts and Screen Nostalgia Illustrated Edition. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1987. 152 microfiches.

What Women Wrote: Scenarios, 1912-1929. Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1987.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Patterson in Microform Review 17 (October 1988): 242-243.

Talking About Women's History

Doherty, Thomas. Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 [Interview online]. Interviewed by Eileen Dugan. Talking History, 23 March 2000. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

Ken Middleton
Middle Tennessee State Univ. Library
Murfreesboro, TN 37132