Welcome to the Magazine Collections of the Media History Digital Library. We have currently scanned over 800,000 pages and that number is quickly growing.
Our Extensive Runs — periodicals with digitized volumes spanning 5 years or more — are listed at the top. Our Select Holdings are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on the arrow next to a periodical to reveal the digitized years and volumes. You may choose to Read online, Download the PDF, or visit the Internet Archive page (IA Page), where you’ll find cataloging information and additional download options.
The Collections Gateway sidebar to the right will lead you to our Sub-Collections, groupings of material themed around the type of periodical or era.
We are currently developing an Advanced Search function that will allow you to perform customizable, aggregate searches across every page of text in our collections. In the meantime, you can read and search through individual volumes. Have fun browsing the stacks!
– Laura Isabel Serna, 2013.
– Laura Isabel Serna, 2013.
Scanned from the collections of Eileen Bowser, Robert S. Birchard, the Pacific Film Archive Library and Film Study Center, Q. David Bowers, and the Museum of Modern Art. Funded by Domitor, Richard Scheckman, David Sorochty, Q. David Bowers, Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, and an anonymous donation (in memory of Carolyn Hauer).
Founded in 1905 by Sime Silverman, Variety is the best known and most important trade paper in the history of American entertainment. Variety began as a New York weekly publication covering vaudeville, however, its scope expanded over time to include legitimate theatre, burlesque, motion pictures, radio, and television (transitions that the MHDL will eventually document within this record). In 1933, Daily Variety was launched in Los Angeles to offer in-depth coverage of the motion picture industry and serve as a competitor to The Hollywood Reporter, which was founded ‘on the Coast’ in 1930. In March 2013, Variety’s owner ended the print edition of Daily Variety, though as of this writing, the weekly publication and a website offering non-stop news updates still exist. Variety may ultimately be best remembered for its integration of show business slang into entertainment trade coverage. Boffo. Hokum. Quickies. Svelte. Climaxer. Tenpercenter. Coastlander. Skein. We’re still feeling zowied. Scanned from the collection of the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center. Funded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts.
promote current and future technological developments and major programming events on NBC.
Despite the title’s reference to radio, the emphasis throughout is on the future promise of television. Digitized by the Prelinger Library.