The Media History Digital Library exists to digitize classic media-related print materials in the public domain. The history of American cinema, broadcasting and recorded sound can be found in the trade magazines and other journals, and this project seeks to make those materials widely available for free. We connect contributors who loan materials from their collections, and generous sponsors who fund the digitization. This is a volunteer-led, non-profit activity.
You can help us place materials online by providing financial support for the digitization of magazines and books. We accept donations of all sizes through PayPal to our General Fund, which goes toward the expenses of digitization, shipping, and web hosting.
You may sponsor the digitization of particular journal titles and collections through contributions of $1,000 or more. Your name will be credited at the beginning of each scanned volume, and we work with you to select the journal titles that you wish to sponsor. Your $1,000 contribution will support the scanning of 10,000 magazine pages. A $10,000 contribution will pay to scan a decade or more of most publications.
For those at educational institutions or libraries who want to support this work, we can custom scan journals in response to a purchase order and deliver the raw files to your institution, while they are also available online. In effect, you are commissioning the scanning, and acquiring a set of the files.
We estimate that there are at least five million pages of material within our scope. So far we have scanned nearly 20 years each of two major film publications, industry journal The Film Daily, and fan magazine Photoplay along with dozens of volumes of other publications, to show the breadth of content that was published. With the support of Rick Prelinger we are also able to offer access to long runs of Radio Age, Radio Broadcast, Business Screen, The Educational Screen, and Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers.
Among the titles available for sponsorship:
If you would like to sponsor a journal title, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note for sponsors of $1,000 or greater: the entirety of your contributions go to the Internet Archive, a 501c3 non-profit, and are applied to scanning of materials we send to their scanning centers. Your contribution to the Internet Archive will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you wish to contribute, we will provide you with a letter to accompany your check to the Internet Archive, and you will receive a letter from them which serves as a receipt for tax purposes.