I’ve been looking for some film clips to help a student working on research for their thesis and potentially for use in documentary work* today in the library, and thought I’d share some of my findings here:
1. Library of Congress/American Memory Project (click here for list of Moving Image collections–some of which may be in the public domain) “American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.”
2. The Internet Archive (click here for video collections) “The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.”
3. The Internet Archive TV News ”This service is designed to help engaged citizens better understand the issues and candidates in the 2012 U.S. elections by allowing them to search closed captioning transcripts to borrow relevant television news programs. The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C. The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.”
4. The Vanderbilt Television News Archive “The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is the world’s most extensive and complete archive of television news. We have been recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968.”
These and more items can be found under the “Links for Films and Videos” tab on the Film Subject Page.
*and remember, if you’re going to use these clips in your own work beyond the classroom, you have to consider copyright and fair use. Here’s a bit more info to get you started: from the Center for Social Media, on documentaries and fair use, and a paper by Margaret Hennefeld on film and fair use.