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Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA)

EIMA Collections

Collection 1: Music, Radio and The Stage

  • Back Stage (US, 1960-2000)
  • Billboard (US, 1894-2000)
  • Disc (UK, 1958-1975)
  • Mixmag (UK, 1983-2000)
  • Musician (US, 1976-1999)
  • Muzik (UK, 1995-2000)
  • Rave (UK, 1964-1970)
  • Radio & Records (US, 1973-2000)
  • Spin (US, 1985-2000)
  • The Beat (US, 1982-2000)
  • The Stage (1880-2000)
  • Vox (UK, 1990-1999)
  • Uncut (UK, 1997-2000)

Collection 2: Film and Television

  • American Film (US, 1975-1992)
  • Boxoffice (US, 1920-2000)
  • Broadcasting (US, 1931-2000)
  • Broadcast (UK, 1960-2000)
  • Contrast (UK, 1961-1965)
  • Film Journal International (US, 1934-2000)
  • Film Weekly (UK, 1928-1939)
  • Picturegoer (UK, 1911-1960)
  • Screen International (UK, 1975-2000)
  • Variety (US, 1905-2000)

Collection 3: Film and Television (part 2)

  • American Cinematographer (1920-2015)
  • Boy's Cinema (1919-1940)
  • Cinema Theatre Association. Bulletin (1967-2015)
  • Daily Film Renter (1927-1957)
  • Emmy (1979-2015)
  • Filmmaker (1992-2015)
  • Hollywood Reporter (1930-2015)
  • Kine Weekly (1907-1971)
  • Picture House (1982-2015)
  • Televisual (1990-2015)
  • Written By . . . (1965-2015)
  • Zerb (1973-2015)

Collection 3 coverage dates reflect the anticipated date ranges for these titles, with default coverage from the first issue through to 2015 (or publication ceased date). Due to the rarity of source issues for digitization, there will be small gaps for some titles (issues/pages); some of the dates may change slightly.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA) offers currently two thematic collections covering “Music, Radio and The Stage” and “Film and Television”. Combined they offer access to 35 key US and UK trade and mass-market consumer magazines – weekly and monthly issues, covering the broad spectrum of the entertainment industry and media including film, television, popular music, radio, and theatre. The magazines are included cover-to-cover, from first issue to the year 2000,* (2015 for Collection 3) and the scope encompasses mass-market trade as well as popular titles.

This digital archive can support scholars studying:

  • The economics of the entertainment industry
  • Production, marketing and reception of films or music albums
  • Factors surrounding the emergence of subcultures such as punk, two-tone or grunge
  • Culture, politics and social change in dynamic eras such as the 1960s


  • Includes Approximately 3 million pages digitized in high resolution color and fully searchable of key trade and mass-market consumer magazines – weekly and monthly issues
  • Offers complete backfiles support analysis of trends in popular culture across the entire 20th century
  • Covers the entire entertainment industry, including:
    • film, television, popular music (jazz and blues, rock and pop), radio, theatre, and performing arts, with a focus on the US and the UK
  • is cross-searchable with historical databases on the ProQuest platform

* Our policy is to include every issue in full, from the first to the end of the 2000 or 2015 publication year. Due to the rarity of some of the original print volumes, however, small gaps (issues or pages) for some publications may occur.

EIMA collection 4

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive 4: Rock, Folk & Hip-hop

Confirmed titles as of 13 August 2021 - further titles to be added.


Publication Name ISSN Coverage Dates Publisher Country of publication
 Broadside 0740-7955 1962-1988  David Wilson; Norman Ross United States
 Dirty Linen 1047-4315 1988-2010  Paul Hartman United States
 Fairport Fanatics   1983-1988  Paul Hartman United States
 Fusion   1967-1974  Robert Somma and Barry Glovsky United States
 Hootenanny   1963-1964  Megan Tarter United States
 HOT WIRE 0747-8887 1984-1994  The Journal of Women's Music United States
 Little Sandy Review, the   1959-1968  Jon Pankake United States
 New City Songster   1968-1985  Peggy Seeger United Kingdom
 Old-Time Herald, the 1040-3582 1987-2020  Old Time Music Group, Inc. United States
 OP 0276-8747 1978-1984  John Foster United States
 Option 0882-178X 1985-1998  Scott Marc Becker United States
 Paid My Dues   1974-1980  Dorothy K. Kean United States
 Ray Gun 1533-4732 1992-2000  Action Brands LLC United States
 Trans-Oceanic Trouser Press 0164-1883 1974-1984  Trouser Press LLC United States
 Trouser Press Collectors' Magazine   1978-1983  Trouser Press LLC United States


EIMA Collection 4 description

  • Backfiles of music magazines devoted to key 20th/21stcentury popular music genres rock, folk, and hip-hop.  
  • Spans more than six decades, with coverage from the 1950s to 2020
  • Default coverage from issue 1 through to 2020


Rock magazines, many originating in the 1960s and 70s  capture how rock music represented a language of dissent  and challenge to the status quo at this time, documenting  contemporary social issues, the evolution and growth of  youth culture, and associated fashion/style trends.

Folk music titles span traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, world music, and related genres from the mid-  20th century to the present. They shed light on the Folk  Revival of the 1960s and the preceding decades, with this  movement being a vehicle for activism, awareness and  protest, contributing to social change.

Hip hop and rap magazines capture the rise of this  genre from the 1980s forward, covering artists,  musicians, music venues, block parties and  performance art (such as breakdancing, scratching, and  turntablism). These titles convey the social implications  of an oppositional culture challenging racism and  stereotypes.

ProQuest's Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive contains the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.

  • The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. The magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
  • EIMA collections are designed for students and researchers in a wide range of Arts and Humanities subjects such as Cinema Studies, Popular Music and Media & Communication Studies as well as scholars in adjacent fields such as American and African-American Studies, Celebrity Culture and Twentieth Century Popular Culture. They allow students and scholars to find original reviews of films, records, plays, concerts and TV and radio shows as well as factual industry information such as record charts, listings and box office figures. Additionally, they allow users to explore the broader context of popular cultural works, artists, movements and subcultures by reading related features, interviews and news items.
  • Trade papers have long been recognized as potentially the single most valuable research material for scholars of the film and media industries. This database includes several trade magazines which have effectively provided the main historical record for their subject areas throughout the 20th century, such as Variety (1905-2000), Billboard (1894-2000), Broadcasting (1931-2000) and The Stage (1880-2000). Although these titles focus primarily on film, music, TV/radio and theatre respectively, they have between them covered the full range of popular entertainments throughout their history, from music halls, circuses and fairs to jukeboxes, gambling machines and computer games.
  • Bringing these titles together gives researchers the opportunity to find comprehensive information on specific films, plays, theaters, actors, directors, TV series, film studios, musicians, genres, record labels, subcultures and youth movements. The inclusion of consumer and fan magazines such as American Film (1975-1992) and Musician (1976-1999) means that a search can bring back industry news items, features on technological breakthroughs and in-depth interviews with major artists, together with photographs and illustrations, gossip columns, listings, reviews, charts and statistics. Items such as advertisements, covers and short reviews of films, music singles or other works have been treated as separate documents with accurately-captured titles in order to help researchers find all the relevant material for their search topic.
  • For students of popular music, a selection of magazines give in-depth coverage of musical genres and eras, such as 'British Invasion' pop, reggae, African and Caribbean music, or the rave scene.
  • Each magazine can be browsed cover-to-cover in full-page, full-text format. Users are able to search for original reviews, interviews, industry news, listings, charts, and features relating to the full range of popular media using advanced search and retrieval functionality.