May 17, 2022

A New Digital Collection Featuring Decades of Movie Posters Goes Live Online

Cool! A new digital collection resource from the Harry Ransom Center located the University of Texas at Austin begins its rollout.

From HRC Magazine:

It is difficult to envision the sheer volume of the Movie Poster Collection at the Harry Ransom Center. The collection encompasses upwards of 10,000 posters and spans decades: from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s. The sizes range from that of a small window card to that of a billboard.


The movie posters collection is currently part of an ambitious digitization project. Each of the 10,000 posters is first transferred to the photography studio and metadata is gathered from the poster to create a database record.


That process, in short, is what project librarian Lauren Walker and a team in the photography studio, Pete Smith and Jackie Mann, have been eworking on since late last year. Though this project is ongoing, the first set of digitized posters is now available for anyone to see online.

Thus far, 4,000 posters have been cataloged, photographed, and will incrementally be made accessible online.

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