ScreenSite Data: Media Archives

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28 Media Archive Links, Enormous archive of television commercials, but you've got to pay to see them. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

American Radio History, Archive of publications from the early days of radio and television broadcasting (last updated: 20 Jan 2015)

Archive of American Television, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive has now made many of its hundreds of filmed longform interviews with television legends of all professions available online. This official blog updates users on the scope of the collection and provides guideance on how to access specific interviews. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

Center for Home Movies, A site providing the means to discover, celebrate, and preserve home movies as cultural heritage. From the site: Mission Our mission is to transform the way people think about home movies by providing the means to discover, celebrate, and preserve them as cultural heritage. Vision Our vision is for a society where all families and communities value and properly care for their home movies and pass them on to future generations to learn from and enjoy. Values As an organization and as individuals we value integrity, openness, collaboration, innovation, continual self-improvement, and mutual respect. We hold ourselves accountable to the public and the preservation field to act in the best interest of all amateur moving images. (last updated: 10 Jul 2014)

Documentary Guide, A curated search engine for online documentary resources. From the site: "Documentary Guide is conceived to bring to its audience the widest collection of documentary films from around the World Wide Web. It is one of the few CURATED search engines on the Internet. We have researched and indexed thousands of films, hundreds of sites and numerous databases from around the globe. We have organized them, tagged them and curated them for education and awareness. This platform is made for film makers, researchers, filmgoers, students, educators and all individuals who strive to learn more, know more and do more." (last updated: 14 Jan 2019)

Eyes of a Generation, Gallery of images concerning television's shows, studios, cameras and camera equipment throughout its history (last updated: 20 Jan 2015)

FSU Films, Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts movie archive The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts provides professional training to a limited number of the very brightest students in the world. Small enrollments allow the faculty of professional filmmakers to maintain the high caliber of education necessary for graduates to succeed in an extremely competitive industry. (last updated: 6 Sep 2011)

Internet Archive Book Images, A flickr account that publishes public-domain images pulled from books on the Internet Archive Website. A flickr account that publishes millions of public-domain images pulled from books on the Internet Archive Website. The project is explained as: "A Yahoo research fellow at Georgetown University, Kalev Leetaru, extracted over 14 million images from 2 million Internet Archive public domain eBooks that span over 5 centuries of content, compiling more than 14 million high resolution images spanning nearly every topic imaginable. Each image includes detailed descriptions, including the subject tags of the book it came from and the text immediately surrounding it on the page. The latter is especially powerful, as it allows to keyword search 500 years of images, instantly accessing particular topics or themes. Searching for love yields a myriad images of cherubs and courtship, while mortis (death) offers a glimpse into the early modern period’s fascination with the subject. A search for bird offers a vividly colorful showcase of the world’s bird species, while searching for telephone traces the invention’s history from its introduction as an electric novelty to its widespread adoption." (last updated: 11 Dec 2014)

Library of Congress Television Collection, Description of television holdings at the Library of Congress. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archive, Collects, preserves and makes accessible film and video materials made in or about Florida. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

Margaret Herrick Library, An overview of the comprehensive film research library supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Includes detailed descriptions of the special collections holdings and a link to the on-line card catalog, as well as information about accessing the library's collections. The Margaret Herrick Library is a world-renowned, non-circulating reference and research collection devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and as an industry. Established in 1928, a year after the Academy was founded, the library moved to its current Beverly Hills location in 1991. (last updated: 6 Sep 2011)

Media History Digital Library, Online Access to the Histories of Cinema, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound. As of August 2013, the MHDL is searchable via its Lantern search platform. From the Website: A non-profit initiative dedicated to digitizing collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access. The project is supported by owners of materials who loan them for scanning, and donors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning. We have currently scanned over 200,000 pages, and that number is growing. Its Collections feature Extensive Runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines. ▽ 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) (last updated: 14 Jan 2019)

Movie Posters Archives, A weblog that archives images of essential movie posters, along with detailed descriptions. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

MPPDA Digital Archive, Documents from the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., 1922 - 1939 From the website: "The MPPDA Digital Archives consists of a database of the extant records of the General Correspondence files of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, Inc., covering the period from 1922 to 1939. The documents in the MPPDA's General Correspondence files are an immensely rich source of information about the history of the motion picture industry. They describe the organization and operation of the industry's trade association, and include extensive correspondence and other documentation relating to industry policy and public relations, distributor-exhibitor relations, censorship and self-regulation. The great majority of this material is unavailable from other sources." (last updated: 20 Jan 2015)

Museum of Broadcast Communication, The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) collects, preserves and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content. From its Website: MBC educates, informs and entertains the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The Museum of Broadcast Communications was founded in 1982 by broadcaster Bruce DuMont, and opened to the public in June 1987 at the River City at 800 S. Wells St. It remained there until June 1992, when it moved to the Chicago Cultural Center. The MBC opened in its new location at 360 N State Street in Chicago on June 13, 2012 (last updated: 8 Dec 2019)

Museum of Modern Art, The Founded in 1935 as the Film Library, this department's collection now includes more than 19,000 films and four million film stills; the strongest international film collection in the United States, it incorporates all periods and genres. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC), NUCMC is an archive search engine operated by the Library of Congress. The mission of the NUCMC program is to provide and promote bibliographic access to the nation's documentary heritage. This mission is realized by NUCMC production of cataloging describing archival and manuscript collections held by eligible repositories located throughout the United States and its territories. The program's mission is further realized by the provision of free searching, via NUCMC gateways, of archival and manuscript cataloging in OCLC WorldCat. (last updated: 6 Sep 2011)

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Provides info on collections and resources. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

Northeast Historic Film: Books & Periodicals Collection, NHF collects reference works to assist the staff and serve researchers. Areas of interest are standard reference works in the field, histories, relevant interpretive works, biographies, instructional volumes, directories, and trade periodicals. (last updated: 6 Sep 2011)

Northeast Historic Film: Moving Images Collection, NHF collects primarily regional film and videotape from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. Film includes television collections from the 1950s to the 1990s; industrial films and home movies, particularly strong in the 1930s; silent dramas and independent works. (last updated: 8 Dec 2019)

Northeast Historic Film: Services and Stock Footage, NHF helps individuals and organizations to safeguard film and videotape. Our staff members are trained provide direct assistance or referrals as appropriate. We are dedicated to film preservation and reuse of material when permission is available. The fees for reuse of the collections help support costs of storage and preservation. NHF provides footage for a wide range of projects from curriculum development to broadcast. (last updated: 6 Sep 2011)

Northeast Historic Film: Technology, Images, and Ephemera Collections, NHF collects moving-image technology such as projectors, cameras, and editing equipment so as to interpret the origin and exhibition history of its moving image collections. We also collect posters, photographs and other publicity materials related to northern New England films, filmmakers, and television. Our collection of  moving images consists primarily of film and videotape related to the northern New England region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts). Major collections include film and videotape originating from television stations or created primarily for broadcast, industrial works created by and for corporate and industrial entities, professionally-created fictional works, and titles made by independent creators intended for public viewing. (last updated: 6 Sep 2011)

Open Video Project, Digitized video content in the following genres: Documentary, Educational, Ephemeral, Historical, Lecture. Free for downloading and educational use. (last updated: 8 Dec 2019)

UCLA Film Archive, One of the largest collections of media materials in the United States and the largest of any university in the world. Its vaults hold more than 220,000 motion picture and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

University of California, Berkeley, Media Resources Center (Moffitt Library) (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

Vanderbilt Television News Archive, The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)

William K. Everson Collection, William K. Everson was Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University from 1972 to 1996. He also taught at the New School for Social Research and the School of Visual Arts. Throughout his life he amassed one of the largest private film collections in the world, and many films from his collection were screened at film series he regularly programmed in New York City and around the world. This website highlights some of the material from Everson's personal papers, particularly the detailed programme notes he wrote for series such as those at the New School and the Theodore Huff Memorial Film Society. In addition, other material he collected such as press kits, film stills, and photographs can be found here. (last updated: 22 Sep 2015)

Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, Based in Madison, WI, WCFTR is one of the world's major archives of research materials relating to the entertainment industry. (last updated: 11 Apr 2011)


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Jeremy Butler

Professor Emeritus of Television and Film Studies
The University of Alabama
Teaching media studies.