Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research | Wisconsin Historical Society

Resource Description

Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR)

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Shirley Clarke directing BULLFIGHT

Shirley Clarke, 1955

Director Shirley Clarke on the set of "Bullfight." GSA Name File, Copy neg# 4767(mp)

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR) is one of the world's major archives of research materials related to the entertainment industry. Collection strengths include records of the American film industry from 1930–1960, American popular theater in the 1940s–1950s and American television from the 1940s–1970s.

Materials preserved include:

  • Historical records and personal papers
  • Twenty thousand motion pictures, television shows, and videotapes
  • Two million still photographs and promotional graphics
  • Several thousand sound recordings

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The Feature Film Database provides online title access to all feature-length films held by the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. 

Please note: Documentaries, cartoons and short subjects can be accessed by title using the card catalogs, printed lists, indexes and other manual finding aids available at the Center.

Plan Your Visit

Researchers are encouraged to use the WCFTR collections of moving images, manuscripts and visual materials. Materials are located in Madison at the Wisconsin Historical Society. For more information about accessing the collections, photocopying services and reference assistance, please contact us by phone at 608-264-6466 or by email: 

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