Prelinger Archives

Prelinger Archives

Previously I posted excitement about public domain media here and there and the super Free Music Archive with various Creative Commons licenses that often mean free music for your projects with attribution to the artists (especially from the music for video portal). So there was this contest they held featuring the Prelinger Archives. Which are described:

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 5,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions.

They are public domain videos. The Internet Archive has decent video copies to download and use. Not sure what the licensing stock footage of the same stuff through Getty is all about. Maybe they have HD quality transfers or something. Anyway that’s not what we’re talking about here.

So check out this handy tag cloud view of the Prelinger Archives to start your browsing:
http://archive.org/browse.php?field=/metadata/subject&collection=prelinger&view=cloud

And take a look at what people did in that contest to remix the Prelinger Archives with the Free Music Archives:
http://videoremix.freemusicarchive.org/

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