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MAH archive: Recognizing the increasing significance of media art for our culture, this platform, conference series and archive for the Histories of Media Art discusses the history of media art within the interdisciplinary and intercultural contexts of the histories of art.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

British Pathé on Youtube: the entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

The British Council Film Collection is an archive of over 120 short documentary films made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. Preserved by the BFI National Film Archive and digitised by means of a generous donation by Google, the films are now yours to view, to download and to play with for the first time.

Archiv für Mediengeschichte (Germany)

The Film & Video Distribution Database has now been launched  (http://fv-distribution-database.ac.uk).  This is an AHRC funded resource which presents a selection of documents (and accompanying narrative chronologies) from and about UK distributors of experimental and independent film and video from the 1970s to 2000 – including the London Filmmakers Coop, The Other Cinema, LVA, Cinema of Women, Circles, the Film and Video Umbrella, Cinenova and Lux.  It’s the product of two earlier research projects conducted by Julia Knight, Peter Thomas and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (which have also resulted in the recently published  Reaching Audiences: Distribution and Promotion of Alternative Moving Image, 2011)

Timeline of historical film colors: a database of historical film colours to document the various associated processes that have emerged in the course of film history. As of April 2012, this database consisted of 290 entries. It is being published online as an open access timeline that connects historical and bibliographical information with primary resources from several hundred original papers and more than 400 scanned frames provided by archives and scholars from all over the world.

New Archive: Michael Klinger Papers – UWE: the website for the AHRC-funded project on Michael Klinger and the role of the film producer in the British film industry 1960-1980 conducted at the University of the West of England. It contains a comprehensive catalogue of the Klinger papers housed at UWE as well as details about the project, images, selected documents, interviews, events and publications.

CineFiles contains scanned images of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents from the PFA Library’s extensive collection covering world cinema, past and present. Citations are available for all documents, and page images are available for documents with copyright clearance. New titles and document images are added daily. CineFiles currently includes documents on the films of more than 150 major international directors, materials describing silent Soviet cinema, and PFA’s unique collection of exhibitor manuals, among other documents.

The Media Digital Library provides access to significant runs of trade papers and magazines, including Moving Picture World, Film Daily, Photoplay, and Radio Broadcast among others. There are collections relating to early cinema, the Hollywood Studio System, radio and non-Theatrical films, as well as a range of technical trades and magazines. There are currently over 200,000 of digitized pages, and the archive is growing daily.

LOST FILMS is a new internet portal aimed at collecting and documenting film titles, which are believed or have been declared “lost”. The archive currently contains over 3500 entries, a number of which are extensively illustrated with surviving documents contributed by archives and individuals worldwide.

Virgin Media, UK Movie Mapper: A free resource for researchers including an interactive map featuring different filming locations across the United Kingdom. Searchable by Genre, Cast and Region.

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