Archival Films & Newsreels Video Collection

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A rare view of what rush hour in London looked like in 1897. The dramatic and suspenseful newsreel announcing the crash of the Hindenburg zeppelin. President Ronald Reagan’s challenging speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Throughout modern history, cameras have recorded public events, wars, cultural phenomena, and government programs. This collection is a treasure trove of archival and historical films from multiple sources.  

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Collection by the Numbers

4,668
TITLES
13,125
SEGMENTED CLIPS
641 Hours
OF PROGRAMMING
157
CATEGORIES

Collection Highlights

The Prelinger Archives – a collection of films relating to U.S. cultural and social history and the evolution of everyday life in America.




The WPA Film Library – more than 2,800 clips and newsreels from the late 1800s onward.

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The United Newsreel collection – the series of newsreels produced by the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II.

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The Universal Newsreel collection – a series of seven- to 10-minute newsreels produced by Universal Studios that were released twice per week between 1929 and 1967.




Recordings from the National Archives and Records Administration of historic speeches and events.






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