Despite the rising interest in and scholarship on nontheatrical “educational” films in the past decade or so, primary research on the distribution of such films has been almost nonexistent, especially before 1920, the period covered in this essay. The author presents and analyzes information retrieved from trade journals recently digitized for online access through the Media History Digital Library's “virtual archive.” Not only do we learn about the mechanics of getting the films to their audiences; we also gain knowledge about the institutional end users, such as the YMCA, churches, schools, and Chautauquas. The essay reveals the geographically wide network of distribution for these films but also shows how producers and customers complained about the reliability of vendors and the quality of the films provided.
The Moving Image explores topics relevant to both the media archivist and the media scholar. The Moving Image deals with crucial issues surrounding the preservation, archiving, and restoration of film, video, and digital moving images. The journal features detailed profiles of moving image collections; interpretive and historical essays about archival materials; articles on archival description, appraisal, and access; behind-the-scenes looks at the techniques used to preserve, restore, and digitize moving images; and theoretical articles on the future of the field.
Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Press is best known as the publisher of groundbreaking work in social and cultural thought, critical theory, race and ethnic studies, urbanism, feminist criticism, and media studies. The Press is among the most active publishers of translations of significant works of European and Latin American thought and scholarship. Minnesota also publishes a diverse list of works on the cultural and natural heritage of the state and the upper Midwest region.