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American Memory from the Library of Congress - Historical Video clips

Vintage Film Clips from the US

The Library of Congress has a number of virtual film collections that are available for browsing and downloading. These could be quite interesting for History classes, Film programs or Art students looking for primary source material to mash-up.

Among the various subjects are topics such as:

  • Inventing Entertainment: the Early Motion Pictures of the Edison Companies
  • Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
  • Origins of American Animation
  • The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
  • Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: San Francisco, 1897-1916
  • The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
  • America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915