A free online resource, featuring millions of pages of books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.

Led by Eric Hoyt and the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

A scan from a magazine. There are several photographs from the film 'Gold-Diggers of 1933' and the heading text 'They're in the Money'

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A cropped portion of the cover of the book Ink-Stained Hollywood

Ink-Stained Hollywood

Learn about the history of Hollywood trade papers in Eric Hoyt's new book. Available in paperback or free digital edition from University of California Press.

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A scan from a printed book. There is an illustration of a microscope on the left. On the right, the text reads 'Research on Value and Utilization of Audio-Visual Materials'

Teaching with the MHDL

Over the past several years, film and media educators have used the Media History Digital Library in highly innovative and effective ways, crafting creative and challenging assignments that go beyond what we could have hoped for when we first developed this project.

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