Media History Digital Library


Colleen Moore in Her Wild Oat

The Media History Digital Library ( has expanded its holdings in film magazines to include Variety from 1905-1926 and a host of others from all parts of the moviemaking industry, from technology to fan magazines. Here’s a partial list just from of the early cinema journals:

Exhibitors’ Times (1913)
Film Fun (1916-1926)
The Film Index (1910)
The Great Selection: First National First Season (1922-1923)
The Implet (1912)
Motion Picture Story Magazine (1913)

Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual (1916-1918)
Moving Picture Weekly (1916-1918)
Moving Picture World (1907-1919) – NOW COMPLETE FROM 1907 TO JUNE 1919!
National Board of Review Magazine (1926-1928)
The Nickelodeon (1909-1911)
The Photoplay Author (1914-1915)
The Photo-Play Journal (1916-1921)
The Photo Playwright (1912)
U.S. vs. Motion Picture Patents Company (1912-1913)
Variety (1905-1926)
The Writer’s Monthly (1916)

Some of these are at, but the organization at the Media History Digital Library makes them far easier to find. If you write about early film and don’t know about this resource already, it’s well worth a visit. 

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