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Streaming Film Collections by Subject

This guide is designed to help faculty and students identify streaming films for use in classes, projects, or even as secondary sources.

Archives Film Collections

Abadie, Alfred C. , Camera, et al. Annual baby parade, Asbury Park, N.J. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1904. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

Ohio University Promotion Film Videos Youtube Playlist (30's to 80's)

Ohio University Digital Archival Collections - Ohio University related films from the 1930's to the 1980's 

Alwin Nikolais Murray Louis Moving Image Series (located in Archives and Special Collections).

USC Libraries, Dance Heritage Coalition, Video Archives, Nikolais/Louis performances

The DHVA (Dance Heritage Video Archive) collection continues the work begun by the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Dance Preservation and Digitization Project to address the challenges faced by dance artists, choreographers, performers, and companies in preserving a record of their work and helping to share it as broadly as possible with global and U.S. audiences and scholars.

Streaming Service Videos


Documentary Videos  This link includes almost documentaries that came out from the 1950's to the 1980's on various subjects. 

Newsreels  Thousands of newsreels, 1929-2015

Silent Film Online Silent features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

Films on Demand

Archival Films & Newsreels

Over 5,300 videos that allows for easy filtering of topic, ex. 21st Century, Pre-World War I etc. Majority of videos are episodes, documentaries or TED Talks. 



Library of Congress Film & Video Collection

The Library of Congress has a huge archive of films and videos dating from late 1800s to present.  

Library of Congress Moving Image Research Center 

The Library of Congress has a huge archive of films and videos dating from late 1800s to present.  

Prelinger Archives

Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger .  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.

Open Memory Box

Biggest digitized collection of Home Movies from the GDR.

American Memory Motion Pictures Collections (Library of Congress) 

A gateway to primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. Includes a sampling of early American films, including works by the Edison Company, recordings of vaudeville and other popular entertainments, early animated films; recordings of early 20th Century presidents, and scenes of American work and leisure.

Smithsonian Institution Archives on Youtube

The Smithsonian Institution Archives captures, preserves, and shares with the public the history of this extraordinary Institution. From its inception in 1846 to the present, the records of the history of the Institution—its people, its programs, its research, and its stories—have been gathered, organized, and disseminated so that everyone can learn about the Smithsonian and its role in American history, scientific exploration, and with the promotion of international cultural understanding.

European Film Archive

The EFG Portal gives you quick access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques: photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials.(website)

Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections

Containing more than 35,000 digitized images, this database includes correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music, lobby cards and movie star ephemera. The database also includes complete copies of more than 450 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927