The Media History Digital Library Is a Great Place to Research the History of Film, Radio & Television Broadcasting & Recorded Sound

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Today we came across the Media History Digital Library aka MHDL during a session on Twitter and are pleased to share some of our initial search results on the term “Robert Krasker”, below. 

“Lantern is the search platform for the collections of the Media History Digital Library. Enter a search term below to begin exploring the 2,845,814 pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound.”

Our first attempt at researching Robert Krasker, the great but sadly forgotten Australian Director of Photography for major non-Australian feature films from the 1930s through to the 1960s, began at the National Library of Australia’s Trove search engine and yielded results from Australian magazines and newspapers.

Now it’s time to broaden our research to non-Australian trade media as well as popular magazines and newspapers around the world so stumbling across the MHDL is timely.

We’re also in the process of researching the history of Panavision and its prime mover Robert E. Gottschalk so the MHDL has proven effective there too.

Thank you to the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for providing this wonderful resource.

Thank you also to Eric Hoyt, Media History + Archives + Digital Humanities, Kahl Family Professor of Media Production, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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