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William Cadbury faculty papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 228

Scope and Contents

The collection of William Cadbury’s faculty papers consists of a loose leaf copy of his book titled Getting the Point: Film as Literature. This book, written by Cadbury, examines film in its use as a form of literature. Thus, Cadbury argues that as a form of literature, each film has a unique structure and theme known as the “auteur theory.” Each film is its own and the proper meaning lies in its structure and how it is perceived by the audience. The book then goes on to examine individual directors and films to analyze the literary structure of film and the reaction of the viewers.


  • Creation: circa 1971


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

William Cadbury was born in 1934 to William and Charlotte Cadbury. Before beginning his career as a professor at the University of Oregon, Cadbury attended Harvard University and then University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his PHD.

Starting in 1961, Cadbury taught in the English department at the University of Oregon, focusing on Victorian literature and film. He would later move into the Speech department, concentrating his focus on film and teaching classes such as Film theory and Criticism, Film Directors and Genres, the History of Motion Pictures and The Great Film Makers.

Cadbury continues to work at the University of Oregon today, where he serves as a professor emeritus in the English and Cinema Studies departments. He is in his 80’s and living in Eugene Oregon.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 box

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William Cadbury has served at the University of Oregon since 1961 and continues to act as a professor of Emeritus in the English department today (2015). His study focuses on film theory and criticism. The Collection of William Cadbury’s Faculty Papers consists of a loose-leaf copy of his book titled Getting the Point: Film as Literature.


Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

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Collection processed by Marcella Hardin

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA