Film history nerds (students and scholars surely among them), it's time to get it excited. The holdings of The Media History Digital Library are now able to be searched thanks to a project called Lantern.
Eric Hoyt, Carl Hagenmaier, and Wendy Hagenmaier first tried to get search functionality for the materials that were apart of the Media History Digital Library in 2011, and Hoyt later used the institutional support of his employer, the University of Wisconsin--Madison to facilitate the process. Check out the whole team here.
The results are amazing. Several decades, mostly from first half of the twentieth century, of Variety, Moving Picture World, Photoplay, the Hollywood Reporter, Picture Play, and more are all available to search and view as images and pdfs on the Lantern site.
Search for your favorite older films, directors, and stars and see what comes up in this incredible new resource, on Lantern now.