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Highlighted Resource: Media History Digital Library

Media History Digital Library

The Media History Digital Library is an open-access collection of digitized media industry trade papers and fan magazines. In addition to high quality image scans of individual issues, it includes full-text searching. Many of these periodicals are not fully indexed or searchable elsewhere. Publications reproduced include:

  • Business Screen (1938-1973)
  • The Film Daily (1918-1936)
  • International Photographer (1929-1941)
  • Journal of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (1930-1949)
  • Journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (1950-1954)
  • The Educational Screen (1922-1962)
  • Moving Picture World (1912-1918)
  • Photoplay (1917-1940)
  • Radio Age: Research, Manufacturing, Communications, Broadcasting, Television (1942-1957)
  • Radio Broadcast (1922-1930)
  • Variety (1905-1926)


Lantern, the new search and visualization platform for the Media History Digital Library, allows for more complex searching and limiting results.

Highlighted Resource: Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Proquest's Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive includes full-text searching and access for key trade newspapers in theater, film, broadcast media and music, among them the much-requested Variety. The database is primarily historical in focus; coverage extends to the year 2000. For more recent content in the same journals, check eJournals @ Emory (http://ejournals.emory.edu/).

Titles available in the database include:

  • American Film (Archive: 1975-1992)
  • Back Stage (Archive: 1960-2000)
  • The Billboard (Archive: 1894-1960)
  • Billboard (Archive: 1963-2000)
  • Boxoffice (Archive: 1920-2000)
  • Broadcasting, Combined With Broadcast Advertising (Archive: 1933-1936)
  • Broadcasting, Broadcast Advertising (Archive: 1936-1945)
  • Broadcasting, Telecasting (Archive: 1945-1957)
  • Broadcasting (Archive: 1957-1993)
  • Broadcasting & Cable (Archive: 1993-2000)
  • Contrast (Archive: 1961-1966)
  • The Independent Film Journal (Archive: 1937-1979)
  • The Film Journal (Archive: 1979-1996)
  • Music America Magazine (Archive: 1976-1977)
  • Musician, Player, and Listener (Archive: 1977-1982)
  • Musician (Archive: 1982-1999)
  • New Musical Express (Archive: 1952-2000)
  • Radio & Records (Archive: 1973-1993)
  • R & R (Archive: 1994-2000)
  • Screen international (Archive: 1976-2000)
  • Spin (Archive: 1985-2000)
  • The Stage (Archive: 1880-1959)
  • The Stage and Television Today (Archive: 1959-1994)
  • The Stage (Archive: 1995-2000)
  • Variety (Archive: 1905-2000)

Please note that Proquest is still in the process of adding content. For example, as of September 2013 coverage of Variety extends only from 1940-2000. They will be digitizing and indexing more issues in the coming months, until the archive is complete as listed above.

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