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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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Shaping San Francisco
Shaping San Francisco
collection
356
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
by Internet Archive
collection

eye 1.1M

Highlights of the people's history of San Francisco are featured in these short video clips: footage from just after the 1906 Quake , views of the 1917 Ironworkers Strike , Mayor Rossi's speech during the 1934 General Strike , Harvey Milk's last words , scenes from the "White Night Riot's," and a look at a 1991 Anti-war Demonstration are just a few of the many eclectic pieces that make up this collection. Click for more informaton on the Shaping San Francisco project. Click to listen...
Topic: Moving Images
A/V Geeks
A/V Geeks
collection
2,012
ITEMS
4.9M
VIEWS
by Internet Archive
collection

eye 4.9M

The A/V Geeks Film Archive is an ephemeral film collection curated by Skip Elsheimer. What started as a hobby more than ten years is now a lifetime commitment. His collection has grown to over 25,000 films gathered from school auctions, thrift stores, closets and dumpsters. He presents themed film shows in his home base of Raleigh, North Carolina and he's taken his shows on the road across the United States. Films from Skip's archive have been released on DVDs. For more information about A/V...
Topic: Moving Images
British Government Public Information Films
British Government Public Information Films
collection
22
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
by The National Archives (UK)
collection

eye 1.1M

This small collection of public information films from the British government produced during the years 1945 to 1952 is quite entertaining. Topics include public health, travel, traffic, education, and the military. A film of the Berlin Airlift is included.
Drive-In Movie Ads
Drive-In Movie Ads
collection
158
ITEMS
2M
VIEWS
collection

eye 2M

Super short advertisements used during intermission at drive-in movie theaters during the 1950's and early 1960's to get people to consume junk food from the concession stand, may be viewed here. Warning: watching these ads may make you hungry!
The AIDS Tapes
The AIDS Tapes
collection
37
ITEMS
36,874
VIEWS
collection

eye 36,874

This collection, curated by Michael Aldrich, documents the media coverage and dissemination of health information about the AIDS epidemic. Includes local and syndicate broadcasts from Bay Area television stations starting in 1988. For additional news coverage of AIDS, please see The Dope Tapes collection . Michelle Krasowski, Volunteer Archivist
Topics: AIDS, Michael Aldrich, Bay Area
Orgone Archive
Orgone Archive
collection
450
ITEMS
39,846
VIEWS
collection

eye 39,846

LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests
LLNL Atmospheric Nuclear Tests
collection
60
ITEMS
21,074
VIEWS
collection

eye 21,074

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second. These are the declassified films of tests conducted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Topic: lawrence livermore national labs, nuclear tests, atom bomb
Living New Deal Project
Living New Deal Project
collection
151
ITEMS
81,738
VIEWS
collection

eye 81,738

In the depths of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promised the American people a “New Deal.” Over the decade 1933-43, a constellation of federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work and helped to revive a moribund economy. The result was a rich landscape of public works across the nation, often of outstanding beauty, utility and craftsmanship. No city, town, or rural area was untouched by the New Deal. Hundreds of thousands of roads,...
Topic: New Deal
PeriscopeFilm
PeriscopeFilm
collection
5,614
ITEMS
2.1M
VIEWS
collection

eye 2.1M

Periscope Film LLC's archive is one of the largest military film collections in private hands. It includes rare training, combat, recruiting and history films made by the U.S. Government from 1914 through the mid-1980s. Subjects include the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force, and civilian aviation, and conflicts from the Spanish-American War through WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Periscope Film also maintains the premiere library of WWII and Cold War U.S. Navy submarine films. Nearly...
Topics: military, veterans, world war I, world war II
Early New York Films
collection
45
ITEMS
14,825
VIEWS
collection

eye 14,825

Early films from New York
Topics: NYC, New York, Early films
Donated 16mm Films
collection
14
ITEMS
67,506
VIEWS
collection

eye 67,506

Donated by a generous patron of the Internet Archive
Topics: ephemera, educational, film, 16mm
The Dope Tapes
collection
432
ITEMS
522,053
VIEWS
collection

eye 522,053

This collection was recorded by Michael Aldrich from Bay Area television stations between the years of 1986 and 2006.  A fascinating "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll" compilation, its major focus on drug-related news stories of the time is rounded out by segments on these other topics of interest to the curator. These videos were digitized from VHS tapes in 2014. Michelle Krasowski, Volunteer Archivist
Topics: dope, vhs, drug war, drugs, tv news
Educational Films
Educational Films
collection
4,329
ITEMS
7M
VIEWS
collection

eye 7M

This collection features vintage educational films from a variety of sources. Films intended for educational purposes are an enormous, often neglected part of the twentieth century media landscape. Archived here are corporate and government sponsored films; classroom academic films instructing students in science and the humanities, and classroom guidance films on sex education, manners, and morality; military training films; medical films aimed at the public or at health practitioners;...
Topics: educational, 16mm Film
Ephemeral VHS
Ephemeral VHS
collection
625
ITEMS
1.1M
VIEWS
collection

eye 1.1M

Made for VHS! Uploaded by users, these video tapes are selected for general interest and apparently not having made it to DVD, therefore are ephemeral vhs, or the native vhs genre. Enjoy!  If you have a digitized VHS to add, please upload your digitized VHS to the Community VHS collection .
Topics: ephemera, vhs
National Film Preservation Foundation
National Film Preservation Foundation
collection
320
ITEMS
289,174
VIEWS
collection

eye 289,174

The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage. We support activities nationwide that preserve American films and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition.
Topics: preservation, library of congress
British Pathé
British Pathé
collection
2,879
ITEMS
11,582
VIEWS
collection

eye 11,582

Pathé News was a producer of newsreels and documentaries from 1910 until 1970 in the United Kingdom . Its founder, Charles Pathé , was a pioneer of moving pictures in the silent era. The Pathé News archive is known today as British Pathé.