L&S Professorship Preserves Vital Media Archive

An endowed professorship is helping to advance the production of a remarkable media archive, currently comprising more than 2.5 million digitized pages of historic film books and magazines. Created by Kelly Kahl ’89, the Kahl Family Media Production Professorship Fund is focused on recruiting, retaining, and recognizing outstanding faculty in the Department of Communication Arts. In 2020, Eric Hoyt was the first to be awarded this professorship, and he’s working diligently to expand the Media History Digital Library, which is available online for free public access.

“The Kahl family’s funding is helping us globalize the collection as we enter into new partnerships with libraries based in France and Italy, as well as the New York Public Library, which has a tremendous Spanish-language collection,” Hoyt shares.

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