The WCFTR film archive was recently recognized and praised by the Madison newspaper the Wisconsin State Journal as one of the “100 defining objects of Madison.” ...
In 2007 the WCFTR developed a pilot project that would provide authoritative scholarly websites focused on WCFTR collections that combine well-researched information with digitized selections of primary-source materials from our archives.
We believe that one of the most important gateways into understanding American culture is the original records of its creators, particularly in the field of drama and audio-visual media.
It may come as a surprise to learn that Madison, Wisconsin, far from the bright lights of Hollywood and New York, is the home of the one of the largest and most significant collections of media history in the world.
The WCFTR works closely with the Wisconsin Historical Society in carrying out its mission.