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Radio-Television-Film



I. Purpose:
To support teaching and research through the doctoral level in the fields of radio, television, and film. While primary interest in these subjects lies within the Department of Radio-Television-Film, faculty and students in other programs also share interests in various aspects of these subjects. Interdisciplinary programs (such as American Studies) and the language departments have particular interests in the films of the countries with which they are chiefly concerned. The Art Department has offered courses in film history as well as its regular courses in photography; the Advertising Department offers courses in "Radio-Television Advertising"; and various social sciences have interested in the impact of the mass media on social groups and on the individual.

Scientific and technical aspects of these subjects are treated in the relevant subject statements, especially Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: The primary language of the collection is English, but materials in French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese (the latter two primarily for studies in the media in Latin America) are also collected in the fields of film history, theory, and criticism. Works published originally in languages other than those mentioned above are ordinarily purchased only when translated into English.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Limited by the subject-matter itself to the twentieth century. In the production aspects, emphasis is on the most current developments.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Primary emphasis is on the United States and Britain, but--especially with regard to the literature on films--relevant materials are collected on all countries of the world. Collecting policies relating to the radio, television, and films of Latin America are treated in the statement for the Benson Latin American Collection.

D. Treatment of Subject: Histories of the development of radio, television and film are collected extensively as are biographies, both popular and scholarly, of important figures in the fields. Popular treatments of other than biography are purchased selectively; textbooks, likewise, are purchased selectively. Works on these subjects written for juvenile readers are not collected.

E. Types of Materials: Materials acquired include directories, film almanacs, radio-television fact books, broadcasting annuals, film encyclopedias, proceedings of conferences, and occasional papers from other departments and schools. Microfilm copies of thesis and dissertations from other universities are acquired selectively.

D. Date of Publication: The acquisition of current material is given primary emphasis, but some retrospective purchasing is needed to fill in gaps.

G. Other General Considerations: For collection policy on media law and ethics and on mass communication theory, see the statement for journalism. The Hobitzelle Collection and the Darryl F. Zanuck materials in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center contain much material on the history of radio, television, and film, including scripts, models, biographies of performances, etc.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP[NCIP] Collection Level Bibliographer
Radio-Television Audio Production: See Footnote 1 - - B -
Radio-Television Visual Production: See Footnote 2 - - C -
Radio-Television History and Criticism: See Footnote 3 - - C -
Radio-Television-Film Writing: See Footnote 4 - - B -
Film Production: See Footnote 5 - - C -
Film History , Theory, and Criticism: See Footnote 6 - - C -
Communication Technology: See Footnote 7 - - C -
Exception:: Cable television - - B -

Footnote 1:
Strong emphasis on current English-language material.

Footnote 2:
Strong emphasis on current English-language material.

Footnote 3:
Emphasis on U.S. and Europe.

Footnote 4:
Emphasis on current materials in the English language.

Footnote 5:
Strong emphasis on current English language materials.

Footnote 6:
Foreign-language materials are more important here than in the other subdivisions.

Footnote 7:
Includes video technology, satellite communication, telecommunications, and teleconferencing.


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