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How are the Flat Graphics Collections organized?

Still from Kirk Douglas's film Seven Days in May
Edwin Booth as Hamlet: from our Photos and Flat Graphics Featured Collection

Materials in the Film Title collections are arranged, as their names suggest, by production title. Re-releases of a single film production (regardless of format) are grouped together; however, re-makes and adaptations have separate files. Thus, a still for the 1968 re-release of West Side Story would be housed in the same file as a still for the original 1961 release of the same film, but a still from Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 The Ten Commandments would not be housed with a still from the same director's 1923 version of the same story.

Materials in the Television Title collections, like those in the Film Title collections, are arranged by series or production title. It is important to note, however, that all episodes within a given series are housed together. Thus, a researcher interested in Gore Vidal's "Visit to a Small Planet" would search for the Goodyear Television Playhouse series rather than the specific episode. On the other hand, individual broadcasts that were not created as series (made-for-television-movies, for example) have individual files.

Materials in the Theater Title collections are arranged by play title. Unlike the Film Title and Television Title collections, the materials in the Theater Title collections are not arranged by production title. In the case of the Theater Title collections, materials from all productions of the same play are grouped together. Thus, the Hamlet still file includes productions from the 19th century through the 1960s, staged in such disparate cities as New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis.

The Personal Name collections are organized alphabetically by last name, following standards established by the Library of Congress. It is important to note that photographs and clippings included in the Personal Name collections are grouped together by subject; that is, the Carole Lombard Name File contains images of Carole Lombard, rather than images by Carole Lombard (unless, of course, the two intersect).

Subject Files—which include highlights of the Center's stills collection drawn from the Film Title, Television Title, Theater and Personal Name collections—are arranged by subject.

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