Winner, Best Electronic Reference Award (2012)
– Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association
“A multitude of splendid digital cinematic rabbit holes.”
– Richard Brody, New Yorker Blog
“A massive, invaluable resource has just dropped from the internet heavens…There are revelations, curiosities, and surprises on every page of these glossies and trade journals.”
– Movie Morlocks, the Official Blog of Turner Classic Movies
“The Media History Digital Library represents a real tipping point for film research. We’ve gone beyond the point when it was quite fun to find a few texts available online, to supplement our visits to research libraries and perusing through microfilms. This is the new research library. This is where the bread-and-butter research documentation upon which we all depend is going to be found from now on. This is where we will now make our discoveries, and new kinds of discoveries too, as online research tools leads to new forms of analysis, new associations, and new conclusions. And we’ve only just started.”
– Luke McKernan, the Moving Image Lead Curator at the British Library, writing on his blog The Bioscope
See also Luke McKernan’s earlier posts from May 2011 and July 2011.
“To say that this is a boon to film scholars and buffs would be a mild understatement. Until now, one had to go, in person, to a specialized library to gain access to such magazines. What’s more, many of them are only accessible on microfilm, which is often difficult to read and doesn’t capture the full-color advertising pages that dotted ‘the trades.’ These digital copies are pristine, and even better, they’re searchable. I prefer browsing, but once you start, it’s almost impossible to stop. We all owe film buff and researcher Karl Thiede a big vote of thanks for loaning his copies of The Film Daily to be scanned.”
– Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian, writing on his blog Movie Crazy
See also Leonard Maltin’s earlier post about the MHDL.
“It has been brilliantly publicised already, but Film Studies For Free wanted to make sure all its readers were alerted to the launch of an amazing new website for the Media History Digital Library, an excellent non-profit organisation that, for a good while now, in conjunction with the Internet Archive, has been working to digitize and open up full public access to collections of classic film and media periodicals that belong in the public domain.”
– Film Studies for Free
“This is exactly the kind of archive I would have loved to have had available during the research for my upcoming book Marx and Re-Marx. Although I was able to track down a number of ancient clippings via paper-based archives the experience of doing so was almost always tedious and unpleasant – I’m looking at you Collingdale Newspaper Library. (I should note, however, that it was always a pleasure to communicate with fellow collectors and film fans.) Time is running out to preserve and cherish these increasingly rare and valuable materials so I’m going to be doing all I can to encourage David Pierce in his endeavors. If you are at all interested in preserving film history for generations to come I suggest you do the same.”
– Andrew T. Smith, writer and filmmaker, Illegible Me Blog