Ithaca Made Movies

Ithaca Made Movies

This is a short pathfinder to Ithaca Made Movies. People of interest may include: Theodore and Leopold Wharton, Wharton StudiosPearl White, Irene Castle, Beatrix Fairfax.


For books on silent films, click the subject: Silent Films

Museums, Archives and Local Libraries

  • Wharton Studio photos by A. Chadwick  These photos were posted by Ithaca College Archivist, Bridget Bower.
  • Warren, M. E. (2001). Guide to the Wharton Releasing Corporation Records, ca. 1916-1923 ; Collection Number 3924 ; Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library:
  • Wharton Studio Museum
  • New York Heritage Digital Collections
    A research portal to hundreds of digital collections about New York State's people, places, and institutions. Search the digital collections from libraries, museum, and archives.  There is not on Ithaca-made movies at this time but the collection is growing.  They also have a Facebook page.
  • History Center in Tompkins County
    Home of the Tompkins County Museum and many primary sources relating to Ithaca and Tompkins County.
  • Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL)
    The local public library is located at 101 East Green Street not far from the Ithaca Commons.   All residents, including students, living in Tompkins County can be issued a library card.  The library is especially useful for researchers needing popular magazines for media literacy research. They keep 3 years of most titles. They provide local history information, too.  The Finger Lakes Library System catalog (PowerPAC) has holdings for all public libraries in Tompkins County (DVDs, CDs, audobooks).   Here is a Q&A on Ithaca Movies from TCPL.
  • American Memory: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
    150 digitized films from the Library of Congress. Includes agricultural, industrial and recreational activities of Americans from 1894-1915. See also:  American Silent Feature Film Database, 1912-1929
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
    "The UCLA Film & Television Archive is, after the Library of Congress, the largest collection of media materials in the United States, with more than 220,000 film and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage."
  • National Film Preservation Foundation  "The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage."

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Wharton Studio Photographs

scene from movie set

Between 1914 and the early 1920s, Archelaus D. Chadwick (known as "Arch") was the production designer and set designer for the Wharton motion picture studio based in Ithaca. From 1925 until his retirement in 1939, Chadwick was a Professor in the Theater Department at Ithaca College. The Library has an online collection of digitized images of Wharton stage sets that Chadwick designed.


  • International Encyclopedia of Dance REF GV1585 .I586 1998
    Comprehensive survey of international dance traditions, dancers, and choreographers, illustrated.
  • Klepper, R. K. (1999). Silent films, 1877-1996: a critical guide to 646 movies. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland.
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
    Provides a comprehensive introduction to film and film studies, covering topics such as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory, and film history. Approximately 200 entries cover specific topics, including acting, censorship, editing, lighting, career profiles, etc. 

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