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Cinema Studies: Race & Ethnicity, American Cinema ENGL/CNST 439

Resources for searching for scholarly information in all areas of cinema.

Reference Sources for Race and Ethnicity

Selected Online Resources for Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema

Sources relating to Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema. Note: not all sources listed here will provide direct online access to films.

Black Film Archive Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming. 

Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project Based on the collection of nearly 500 films in the American Indian Film Gallery housed at the University of Arizona, this project tribe sources mid-20th century educational and sponsored films about Native peoples of the U.S. Southwest by recording Native narrations and contextual information for film content from the Native communities they represent. The films contain valuable historical visual imagery, but the original narrations are often inaccurate and culturally uninformed. Tribesourcing places historical materials with the peoples they represent in order to tell the untold or suppressed story.

Southside Home Movie Project The South Side Home Movie Project is a five-part initiative to collect, preserve, digitize, exhibit, and research home movies made by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods.

NMAAHC Great Migration Home Movie Project The Great Migration is a unique digitization service program that partners the National Museum of African American History and Culture with individuals and organizations across the United States to preserve their important analog audiovisual media.

Women Film Pioneers Project The Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) is a digital publication and resource that advances research on the hundreds of women who worked behind the scenes during the silent film era. Includes essays on African American and Latin American women film pioneers.

African American Film Materials Photographs and Pressbooks from films featuring African American actors, 1943-1985. Collection held at Southern Methodist University, Texas

Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema

A few selected texts from our catalog ...


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Louisa Trott
Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd
TN 37996
Subjects: Art, Cinema Studies, Theatre

Finding books and other materials

UT Libraries One Search

To find books on a particular topic in One Search, try using words from the following subject headings. Once you're in a catalog record, you can click on other relevant subject heading links to display other items in that category.

  • African American women in motion pictures
  • African Americans in motion pictures
  • Arabs in motion pictures 
  • Asian Americans in motion pictures
  • Blacks in motion pictures
  • Hispanics in motion pictures
  • Indians in motion pictures
  • Jews in motion pictures
  • Minorities in motion pictures
  • Motion picture industry - history
  • Motion picture industry - United States - history
  • Motion pictures - history
  • Motion pictures - United States - history
  • Motion pictures - social aspects - United States
  • Race in motion pictures
  • Racism in motion pictures
  • Stereotypes (social psychology) in motion pictures

Finding Articles

Databases for finding scholarly articles on the broader topic of cinema studies are listed on the Cinema Studies Research Guide

Finding Streaming Media and DVDs

See the Cinema Studies Research Guide homepage for information on how to find streaming video or DVDs in UT Libraries' collection.

Use One Search to search for specific titles, then limit your search to streaming or DVD.