The Internet Moving Images Archive site is finally up (though, I hasten to
say, still under construction). This resource contains ephemeral
(advertising, educational, industrial, documentary, amateur and government)
films relevant to the study of 20th-century American culture and society.
At present it contains approximately 360 out of a planned total of 1001
titles. All are available for free downloading and reuse, with no
restrictions other than that the films cannot be resold or licensed by
anyone in their entirety or as stock footage. Our intention is that these
titles should circulate freely as "open-source" content.
I encourage you to download this material for your own use and for the use
of your colleagues. I hope that easy access to these films will assist
scholars, teachers, students, exhibitors and members of the general public
in coming to terms with the complex and diverse audiovisual history of the
The digitized video files are in MPEG-2 format; see the site for
information on playback. In the next few months they will also be
available in MPEG-4 for lower-bandwidth users.
Please visit the site at http://www.moviearchive.org/movie/index.html.
Shortly, the simplified URL will be http://www.moviearchive.org.
An article on the background and rationale for this project may be found at
The Internet Moving Images Archive is a project of the Internet Archive
(http://www.archive.org) in collaboration with Prelinger Archives.
Happy new year to all,
Prelinger Archives http://www.prelinger.com
P.O. Box 590622, San Francisco, Calif. 94159-0622
+1 415 750-0445 Fax: +1 415 750-0607