Open Video Collection Websites [Credit: Annotations from Video Roundtable. ALA, re-ordered to reflect areas of study]
Below is a guide of quality, freely accessible, collections of online video. sorted by area of academic discipline
Art [see also Art and Art History Libguide for many more]
- ART:21 The most cutting edge or highly documented younger artists are covered here in the PBS series.
- UCLA Preserved Silent Animation
Included here are most of the Max Fleischer and Famous Studios Paramount subjects; the George Pal “Puppetoons”; the independent productions of Ub Iwerks; many of the Van Beuren “Rainbow Parade” shorts; a large number of Warner Bros. cartoons; and a recent acquisition of “Terrytoons” still being sorted through as of this writing.
- American Rhetoric
Features a growing collection of text, audio, and video versions of over 5,000 speeches. The site provides access to "public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events." Includes sections for Christian rhetoric, "Top 100 Speeches," "Rhetorical Figures in Sound," "Rhetoric of 9-11," and more. Notable is the selection of speeches from movies, arranged alphabetically by title.
- Poets and writers Varieties of writers talking about work.
- 92nd street Y Not only writers but performers and musicians and film stars in interview
- American Experience
View complete episodes of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series
- American Memory (motion pictures)
The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 discrete collections: America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 Origins of American Animation Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film.
- Archaeology Channel Video
The Archaeology Channel provides free access to a large collection of streaming media covering archaeology worldwide.
- Archive of American Television Hosted by the TV Academy Foundation, interviews with broadcast talent professionals.
- British National Archives Media Player
Collections of British National Archives digitized and original video and audio content, including categories of Family History, Military History, Social History, Political History, Law and Order, Archives, and International.
- British Pathé (YouTube) A collection of 85,000 films: "Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.
- British Movietone (see also: AP Archive) British Movietone is arguably the world’s greatest newsreel archive, spanning the period 1895 –
- Civil Rights Digital Library Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The site provides both simple keyword searching and advanced searching. Content also can be browsed by Events, Places, People, Topics, Media Types (including print, government records, correspondences, etc.) Other features of the site include numerous instructional materials, including lesson plans, quizzes, slide shows, study guides, and worksheets.
- EUscreen The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programs that focus on everyday experience. EUscreen is also intended to be a resource for educators, researchers and media professionals searching for new audiovisual content from across Europe. Note: see http://euscreen.openimages.eu/media for CC licensed content shared for repurposing
- EVIA Digital Archive Project - Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreement
- The Great Depression Interviews From the stock market crash of 1929 to the beginnings of World War II, The Great Depression tells the dramatic and diverse stories of struggle and survival during the worst economic crisis in U.S. history
- History Channel Video Selected full length History Channel programs.
- Med-Mem Mediterranean Memory
Video archive library; thousands of videos preserve the historic, cultural and tourism heritage of the Mediterranean, in English, French, and Arabic. Co-founded by the European Union.
- Penn Museum Film Archives The Penn Museum Archives has an extensive collection of films that, thanks to the generosity of the Internet Archive, are nearly all available online. The online film collection consists of over 700 archival films. Strengths are in early 20th century cultural footage and archaeology/anthropology
- P.O.V. Video Provides a selection of full length films, short films, and lesson plan based clips from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV., with strength in social issues
- Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive serves as a research facility for scholars of U. S. public policy....The Library's multimedia collection is a truly unique collection of material on U. S. public policy. The Library's multimedia archive includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Moving Images Collections The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) collections includes over 4,500 moving image historical records (e.g., propaganda films, Newsreel footage) and over 7,600 hours of streaming video oral history testimonials.
- CDC TV Center for Disease Control View or download videos on a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics. The library of videos will expand to include single-topic presentations as well as different video series focused on children, parents, and public health professionals.
- Stanford Health Library
The Stanford Health Library provides a collection of online videos covering various health topics, including health and society, cancer support, and women's health. Videos may be viewable online through Stanford University iUniversity (iTunes interface) or QuickTime, or available for purchase on DVD. Not all videos are available for online viewing.
- NIHSeniorHealth - Health Information for Older Adults
NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Video
Includes videos of SAGES meetings, information on surgeries and techniques, in addition to surgery videos.
- Wellcome Film: Digitizing Medical History
Online collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine. Over 450 titles - 100 hours of historical film and video - have been transferred and are freely available under Creative Commons licenses.
Provides streaming access to a large collection of documentary films about American folk, or roots, cultures. Includes essays about the traditions and filmmakers, transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. Site provides simple keyword and advanced searching, as well as ability to brose by subjects, regions, titles, filmmakers, and other categories. Video displays include links to additional, related films.
- Global Performing Arts Database
- PBS Great Performances
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.
- Academic Earth
This website contains video lectures from leading scholars in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, English, business, history, law, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and religion
DIGITAL MEDIA (IMAGES, VIDEOS). Unique collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images, and fact-files, with a special focus on the world's threatened species
- Ensia Video Archive
"Ensia is a solutions-focused nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet." Their mission is to "motivate and empower people around the world to create a more sustainable future by sharing stories and igniting conversations across sectors, geographies, ideologies and disciplines."
- National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films (NCFMF)
From MIT, a series of films created by Ascher Shapiro in the 1960s, used to teach fluid mechanics.
- National Geographic Video
Video programs from Nat Geo TV and web only audiovisual material.
- National Parks Service B-Roll Video
This webpage provides links to public domain video of some of those sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas. This content is great for remixing, reuse in projects and publication.
Provides access to selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into chapters and have closed captioning. Available videos are organized by broad subject categories: Anthropology, Disasters, Earth, Exploration, Flight, Health, History, Investigations, Nature, Physics & Math, Space, and Technology.
Videos of global tech innovators.
Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research. State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.
- TIB|AV Portal
The German National Library of Science and Technology`s AV-Portal (English/ German) provides access to scientific videos from the fields of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. www.av.getinfo.de.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
A massive list of all sorts of streaming video and film, collected by Regina Longo Media Librarian and Archivist of Brown University, collected over 10 years and constantly updated. Highlights include: African American home movies, many international film archives, and blended in are some subscription services only available at Brown, large academic and sometimes local libraries