World War I/II footage archives.
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: buliwyf-ga
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07 Aug 2002 19:54 PDT
Expires: 06 Sep 2002 19:54 PDT
Question ID: 52005
I love watching the history channel, and become engrossed in the footage shot from World War I and WWII of battles, or virtually any subject relating to it. Vietnam, Korean War, the campaign in the pacific, all of it fascinates me. I'm at a loss though to figure out how anyone gets ahold of all that footage, and I get frustrated knowing there is lots more out there I probably haven't seen. My question is, where are archives of this type of footage held? Can civilians access that footage? Are there any websites that provide access to those archives? Thank you.
Re: World War I/II footage archives.
Answered By: blader-ga on 07 Aug 2002 21:49 PDT
Dear buliwyf: Thank you for your question. I love The History Channel as well, so researching this question was a pleasure. Here's what I have fouund. There are two resources that documentary makers go to for stock war footage. They either sift through an archive such as the National Archives and Records Administration, or they contact a stock footage company. Both of these sources contain stock footage on many different subjects. To find more information on obtaining records from the NARA archive, as well as for searching for records online, you can go to the Motion Picture Films and Sound and Video Recordings department at NARA. Here is their website: http://www.archives.gov/research_room/media_formats/film_sound_video.html The detailed directions for obtaining video records from NARA is available below: http://www.archives.gov/research_room/obtain_copies/film_sound_recordings_video.html You may also do an online search for war footage using NARA's NAIL search engine. Simply select "Moving Images" in the media type box. http://www.nara.gov/cgi-bin/starfinder/27664/standard.txt Other film and video archives may be available in history museums such as the Imperial War Museum in England, or the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Imperial War Museum - Film and Video Archive Services http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/film/filmservices.htm United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Film and Video Collection http://www.ushmm.org/research/collections/filmvideo/right.htm The other option is dedicated stock footage companies. These mostly cater to documentary makers and are rather pricy, but they may have footage that will not be found else where. StockFootageOnline.com maintains a list of companies providing footage for both World Wars. World War I footage vendors: http://www.stockfootageonline.com/category_search_results2.cfm?parent=109&parentvalue=33&cat=Wars%20&%20Conflicts&subcat=World%20War%201 World War II footage vendors: http://www.stockfootageonline.com/category_search_results2.cfm?parent=109&parentvalue=34&cat=Wars%20&%20Conflicts&subcat=World%20War%2011 There are also a few places online that you can download war time footage from, but they are far from complete. One of the biggest is the "Internet Archive." They have films from the public domain available for free download. There are a few news reels and war footage mixed in with a lot of other public domain films. http://www.archive.org/movies/list_C-E.html Finally, Patch High School's World War II page has a few clips that you can download for free. http://www.odedodea.edu/k-12/D-Day/News_reels/News_reels_contents.html Related Google Directory: Stock Footage http://directory.google.com/Top/Business/Business_Services/AudioVisual/Content/Stock_Footage/ Google Search Strategy: "world war" film OR footage archive ://www.google.com/search?q=%22world+war%22+film+OR+footage+archive&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&safe=off&start=20&sa=N I hope this helps! Best Regards, blader-ga
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Outstanding, thank you for a very complete list! Great job!
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