Archives Unbound: Cultural Studies

This collection includes political, religious, legal, medical, commercial, and military perspectives of Native American history. Users are provided a diverse collection of primary source materials dating from 1800 through the late 20th century.

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  • Cultural Studies Section 1
    • Through the Camera Lens: The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927 -Published between March 1907 and December 1927, the Moving Picture World magazine was the industry standard during the silent cinema era. Founded by James P. Chalmers Jr. and Alfred Saunders, the publication was based in New York City with offices at 361 Broadway. Claiming to be “the official organ of the Moving Picture Exhibitors' Association,” Moving Picture World frequently re-iterated its independence from any the film studios. The magazine featured several regular columns, which included “Music for Pictures,” “The Motion Picture Educator,” “Advertising for Exhibitors,” and “The Projection Department,” as well as film synopses and an abundance of reviews. In 1911, Moving Picture World bought out "Views and Film Index" and by 1914 its circulation was approximately 15,000. The reviews contain valuable information about the standards and tastes of film in its infancy, and shed light on story content in those early days. Some of the titles reviewed in collection this will shock the user; many will cause laughter; all are worthy of remembrance for their historical value. The Moving Picture World is a gold mine of information for scholars of the silent film.
    • American Art-Union, 1839-1851: The Rise of American Art Literacy - This collection consists of 109 volumes and 1 box of records from 1838 to 1860. Volumes include minutes of annual meetings, executive committee, committee of management, and purchasing committee; register of works of art in the American Art-Union, including title of the painting submitted, the artist, price asked, cost of frame and whether or not a picture was purchased or rejected; letters addressed to the American Art-Union, including many from agents around the country, and pertaining to the sale of subscriptions; letters from artists to the American Art-Union with index; letterpress books containing copies of letters sent by the American Art-Union; and newspaper clippings.

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