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Researchers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research may study more than a century of cinema, radio, television, and theater through moving images, visual materials, and manuscripts. Collections donated by some of Hollywood's most renowned directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors, often augmented by viewing copies of their most significant works, provide complementary documentation for both the art and business of Hollywood's Golden Age, as well as more modern independent and experimental filmmaking. The Center's television collections are especially rich for the pre-videotape era when programs were either broadcast live and copied onto kinescope or produced and broadcast using film. The history of the Broadway stage and important regional theaters can be traced through the manuscripts, photographs, and other visual materials.

A full listing of our collections is offered here to provide an overview of our holdings and allow for browsing and sorting within the supplied Collections Categories. For searching within the collections, please refer to the Archive Search page for links to the UW Madison Libraries Catalog and the UW Digital Collections Finding Aid Database. For reference or collections assistance, please contact us directly at askmovies@wisconsinhistory.org.

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