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Chadwyck-Healey releases CDs related to archival research and to film industry.

Chadwyck-Healey has announced the release of ArchivesUSA, a new electronic resource for archival research. ArchivesUSA provides information on nearly 4,440 U.S. repositories and over 100,000 manuscript and other special collections in a fully searchable format by linking three major resources: DAMRUS (Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the U.S.), NUCMC (National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections), and NIDS US (National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the U.S.).

Repository information in Archives USA has been updated from DAMRUS, last published in 1988, to include previously unpublished information, such as URLs and e-mail addresses. Over 4,400 U.S. repositories are included with name; address; phone and fax numbers; e-mail address and URL; days of service; and names, dates, and brief descriptions of special collections.

The NUCMC records in ArchivesUSA incorporate Library of Congress (LC) print editions from 1959-1993 and collections published on magnetic tape from 1993 through December 31, 1995. They contain descriptions of nearly 75,000 collections with names and subject headings taken from the Index to Personal Names in the National Union of Manuscript Collections, 1959-1984, and the Index to Subjects and Corporate Names in the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, 1959-1984.

The NIDS information includes descriptions, names, and subject indexing of over 42,000 collections from approximately 300 repositories, from the National Archives to private collections, whose finding aids have been published on microfiche.

Dr. Frank G. Burke, University of Maryland, said, "The triumvirate of DAMRUS, NUCMC, and NIDS in ArchivesUSA provides a fascinating new tool that will solve the problem that researchers have had in using three different tools to search on documentary collections."

ArchivesUSA is available on CD-ROM and on the World Wide Web. Prices start as low as $1,495 for an annual subscription. The Web version has hyperlinks to repository Web sites and collection finding aids, and enables sending e-mail inquiries and requests directly to the repositories.

New Features Incorporated into Film Index International

The latest release of Film Index International, the CD-ROM published jointly by the British Film Institute (BFI) and Chadwyck-Healey, is now available.

Film Index International is the largest single source of information on films and film-makers available on CD-ROM, according to the company. Spanning a period of nearly 60 years, from the introduction of sound in 1930, Film Index International covers films from all countries and in all languages. The database includes information not only on feature films but also on a wide selection of Hollywood entertainment shorts, documentaries, and TV movies. This third annual update of Film Index International adds data for films released in 1995. It takes the number of films documented to over 90,000. Biographical details of 38,000 personalities and nearly 400,000 periodical references are also included on the disc.

With this latest release comes a number of new features to the database. Information on festivals and awards has been added to the database. Now users can search on information about the Oscars and BAFTAs and the three main European film ceremonies: Cannes, Berlin, and Venice. Researchers can now discover which films won Oscars and BAFTAs, who was voted best actor, which film won best screenplay, and which films missed out.

A new Windows interface retains all the functionality of the DOS interface and adds simple tool bar icons, point-and-click functionality, and the ability to copy and paste data to other Windows packages.

With Film Index International users find the date, director, production company, country of production, release year, main credits, cast, running time, color/ b & w footage, genre, and a plot synopsis on any of the 90,000 films. The company says that users can move freely through the database, from one film to the next, and from one personality to another, making connections that would be impossible in printed guides.

Film Index International is a valuable source of information to professionals working in the film and TV video industry and to students, writers, journalists, researchers, or simply to a casual browser in a public library.

Film Index International is based on SIFT (Summary of Information on Film and Television), a database compiled by the Library and Information Services Department of the BFI since 1934. The 1996 release of Film Index International (updated to the end of 1995) is available for $1,895. The 1996 renewal is available for $398.

Source: Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., Alexandria, VA, 800/752-0515, 703/683-4890; Fax: 703/683-7589; http://www. chadwyck.com.
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