About Us

The Media History Digital Library is a non-profit initiative, led by Eric Hoyt at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, dedicated to digitizing historic books and magazines about film, broadcasting, and recorded sound for broad public access.

We scan works that are no longer protected by copyright or that have been licensed to us to share with you. The project is supported by libraries and collectors of materials who loan them for scanning, and sponsors who contribute funds to cover the cost of scanning. The redesign of this website was enabled thanks to a generous grant from the Mary Pickford Foundation. More of our sponsors and partners are acknowledged below.

If you have questions, including about how to sponsor the digitization of more books and magazines, please contact us at mediahist@gmail.com. Please also read about our Project History and Impact to Date.

Our Team

Director & Web Developer: Eric Hoyt

Founder & Emertius Director: David Pierce

Communications: Robert Farr

Data Curation and Post-Production: JJ Bersch

Data hosting and technical support: University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts (with thanks especially to Peter Sengstock)

We would also like to acknowledge and thank those people who contributed their time to this project, helped make the MHDL what it is, and have now moved on to other things: Wendy Hagenmaier, Carl Hagenmaier, Derek Long, Tony Tran, Andy Myers, Joseph Pomp, Kit Hughes, Laurel Gildersleeve, Caroline Meikle, and Anne Helen Petersen.

Our Friends

Contributing Collections: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library, Robert S. Birchard, Q. David Bowers, Eileen Bowser, Dino Everett, Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, Richard Koszarski, Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center, Bruce Long, the Museum of Modern Art Library (Jennifer Tobias), Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (Dorothy Bradley and David Kiehn), Pacific Film Archive Library and Film Study Center (Nancy Goldman), Kit Parker, David Pierce, Rick Prelinger, David Shepard, Karl Thiede, University of Maryland College Park, Marc Wanamaker, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Scanning Sponsors: an anonymous donor (in memory of Carolyn Hauer), Matthew Bernstein, Q. David Bowers, Columbia University Library, Domitor, Jeff Joseph, John McElwee, Russell Merritt, Northwestern University in Qatar Library, David Pierce, Richard Scheckman, David Sorochty, David Stenn, the Internet Archive, Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, University of Maryland College Park, University of South Carolina, University of St. Andrews Library & Centre for Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts.

Book scanning, file hosting, and file preservation by the The Internet Archive.

The Arclight app was developed by teams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Concordia University in Montreal and enabled thanks to an international Digging into Data grant, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (US) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada). Additional funding came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and Concordia University's Media Lab.

Thank you to all our friends and collaborators who make the Media History Digital Library possible!

Want to Know More?

Watch this video to see what some of the leading figures in the film archivist community have said about our work.

What Are People Saying About the Media History Digital Library? from Robert Farr on Vimeo.