Films can be about history, films have a history, films affect history, and history affects films. This page give pointers to finding resources on each of these.
To find resources on the history of the US and other countries, see the list of History Subject Guides.
Here are some examples of subject headings that you can use to search Orbis:
See the appropriate history subject guides for help in finding subject headings about a country's history.
For articles about history in movies or the history of film, refer to the Articles page.
But you should also check the history databases, since historians study the role of films in history as well as how history is represented in films -- and their articles may appear in journals that the film databases don't cover.
Here are the two key history databases. Be sure to check the History Subject Guides for more comprehensive lists of resources.
America: History and Life covers the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. To find articles on movies, use the Subject heading Films.
Historical Abstracts covers history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). To find articles on movies, use the Subject heading Films.
Cinema year by year, 1894-2003. Ed. Robyn Karney. London; New York: DK Publishing, 2003.
SML Reference, PN1993.5 A1 C56 2003 (LC)+
The Columbia companion to American history on film. Ed. Peter C. Rollins. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
SML Reference, PN1995.9 U64 C65 2003
A companion to early cinema. Ed. André Gaudreault, Nicolas Dulac and Santiago Hidalgo. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
SML PN1994 .C584X 2012
Encyclopedia of early cinema. Ed. Richard Abel. London; New York: Routledge, 2005.
SML Reference, PN1993.45 .E53X 2005
Includes scans of Variety (1918-1920), the New York Clipper (1903-1920), Moving Picture World (1907-1919), Moving Picture Weekly (1916-1918) , and other early industry magazines.
The Routledge companion to film history. Ed. by William Guynn. London; New York: Routledge, 2011.
Bass Stacks, PN1994 .R5735X 2011