The Prelinger Archives is a collection of films relating to U.S. cultural history, the evolution of the American landscape, everyday life and social history. It was physically located in New York City from 1982–2002 and is now in San Francisco. The Archives were founded by Rick Prelinger in 1982 in order to preserve what he calls “ephemeral” films: films sponsored by corporations and organisations, educational films, and amateur and home movies. Typically, ephemeral films were produced to fulfil specific purposes at specific times, and many exist today only by chance or accident. About 65% of the Archive's holdings are in the public domain (in the U.S.) because their copyrights have expired, or because they were U.S. productions that were published without proper copyright notice.

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OUR CONTENT FROM THE PRELINGER ARCHIVES


Despotism (1946)

Short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, published a year after the end of WW2, exploring the characteristics and causes of despotism. …Continued

To New Horizons (1940)

A vision of the future from General Motors created to champion their "Highways and Horizons" exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. …Continued

The Relaxed Wife (1957)

Strange and unnerving promotional film for the tranquilliser "Atarax", in which a husband plagued by stress brought on by work and noisy children, is helped …Continued