Over 16,000 individual titles are housed in the Microform Collection in the center of the 3rd Level and can be identified in the online catalog, Catalyst. There are several large special collections. Among these are:
This microfilm collection includes the complete diaries of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and other family members. A vast assortment of public as well as private papers are included, among which are some of the finest letters written by American women in the 18th and 19th centuries.
American Architectural Books
This resource includes nearly 1,000 printed resources for the study of American architectural history collected on microfilm.
American Culture Series (ACS)
This microfilm resource is a collection of nearly 5,000 early American books and pamphlets dating from 1493 to 1875 that provide the primary source material to the study of Americana. Broad subjects covered include history, science, philosophy, psychology, religion, art, and architecture.
Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950 (E185.96 .B674 1987)
These materials represent a landmark tool for researching lives of historic African Americans. The microfiche set includes 297 biographical dictionaries, handbooks, and yearbooks originally published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In all, they contain over 31,000 biographical entries.
Cinema Pressbooks from the Original Studio Collections (PN1995.9.P79 C55 2001)
A collection of publicity materials for 1700 films from the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, 1919-1949. Covers films from Warner Bros., Monogram Pictures, and United Artists (including Eagle Lion Films). An online guide to the collection is available. [Where is the Cinema Pressbooks microfilm?]
History of Cinema: Series 1: Hollywood and the Production Code (PN1993.5 U6 H57 2006)
Selected files (commonly referred to as "censorship files") on 500 films, ranging in date from 1927 to 1968, from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration collection. An online guide to the collection is available. [Where is the Hollywood and the Production Code microfilm?]
Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)
This resource is a special collection of articles and essays on the cultures of the world on microfiche. Its unique organization by culture and by subject allows cross-cultural research. An electronic version (eHRAF) is also available.
Library of American Civilization (LAC)
This collection covers aspects of American life and literature from their beginnings to the outbreak of World War I. Included are pamphlets, periodicals, documents (both public and private), biographies and autobiographies, fictional works, poetry, collections of various kinds, materials of foreign origin relating to America, and many rare books not generally available. This resource is contained on ultra-fiche, a special type of microform reproduction.
Major Film Periodicals for Media Research (Film Daily)
This collection includes the complete run of The Film Daily, a major film industry publication, and its predecessors (Wid's Film and Film Folk, Wid's Independent Review of Feature Films, and Wid's Daily) from 1915 to 1970. It also includes a complete run of The Film Daily Year Book from the same period. Unfortunately, no index to these publication currently exists. An online guide to the collection is available. [Where is the Film Daily microfilm?]
Patrologia Latina (Patrologiae cursus completus... BR60 .M5)
This source includes a thousand years of the most influential works of late ancient and early medieval theology, philosophy, history, and literature. In addition to the 221 microfiche the library also has an electronic version.
Source Materials in the Field of Theatre (PN1621 .S7)
This mirofilm resource is a compilation of rare primary and secondary sources of critical importance in the study of theatre.
Indexes and guides to these special microform collections are shelved in the microforms area on Level 3.