December 2, 2015

U.S. History: "Rare Footage Unearthed Online"

Leonard Maltin discusses several finds available from the National Archives (incl. Universal Newsreel content) and are accessible online via (view online, free)*.

One of the great film collections that has yet to be fully explored belongs to the citizens of the United States. The National Archives in Washington houses an enormous quantity of footage generated by the government, including all branches of the armed services over the years. It is also home to the vast library generated by the Universal Newsreel, which ran from the silent era through the late 1960s.

Maltin’s column includes direct links to to view the material online.

You can watch the clips for free. To license higher resolution video and stills there is a free.

If you’ve never visited you should. Wow!

Finally, if you need some extra power when searching, here’s a direct link to the CriticalPast advanced search interface.

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