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Academy Library Launches Online Scripts Catalog


12/29/05, Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library today launched a searchable online catalog ( highlighting over 30,000 motion picture scripts available for research at six Southern California collections.

Spanning the years from 1910 to 2005, the “Motion Picture Scripts Database ” entries are searchable by title, releasing company, year of release, genre, writer and institution. Formerly a published book, the catalog has added approximately 1,000 new titles since its last printing in 2002.

“Because of the great interest in scripts, the online catalog will serve as a quick and easy pointing tool for people interested in researching and reading screenplays,” said the list’s editor, Gregory Walsh.

The catalog includes the holdings for six Southern California library collections where scripts are housed – the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, the American Film Institute’s Louis B. Mayer Library, the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, the University of California at Los Angeles, University of Southern California Cinema-Television Library and the Writers Guild of America, West. All scripts are non-circulating and may only be used on the premises of the owning library.

The online catalog will be updated on a monthly basis and replaces previous hardcopy editions, thereby providing greater research access to the general public. For more information contact Walsh at 310-247-3000 ext. 209 or visit

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