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BRIAN TAVES <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 7 May 1993 11:01:11 GMT
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          Fellow Screen-L Subscribers:  I'm locating additional information
          on internet's relation with the Library of Congress, and will
          share it with you as soon as available. Meanwhile, it is
          important to emphasize that only a portion of the film and
          television holdings are online (which is also true of other
          collections as well). Films began to go online in 1986, so, for
          instance, most holdings from the nitrate era received prior to
          that date are listed in different files. Generally, the best
          command is simply "find t " for a title, replacing the t with p
          for a person or c for a corporation (ie, find t within our
          gates). For a keyword search, simply use find without any t,p, or
          c qualifier. To limit the search to visual materials, type
          ";f=av" after the search word, although this still brings up
          Prints and Photographs holdings and old av cataloging. The latter
          often displays the phrase "Not in LC Collection," but the item
          may still be held and listed elsewhere. Different types of
          records will be encountered, from brief inventory level records,
          containing unverified information, to cataloging by professional
          staff. Note the type of material on a title; only ref prints and
          viewing copies may be studied, although preprint material will
          also be listed. As well, be cautious of dates; search displays
          may not reflect the initial distribution date. Hence, for
          definitive answers, as well as to make arrangements for
          screenings, it is still best to direct questions to the Reference
          Section, Motion Picture-Broadcasting-Recorded Sound Division,
          James Madison Bldg., Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540.
           Brian Taves, Motion Picture Division
           This is not an official statement of Library policy.