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. Visit the Prelinger Archives page on the Internet Archive OUR CONTENT FROM THE PRELINGER ARCHIVES [cgview id=1575 size=200x200 showtitle=always lightbox=0]

Stop Driving Us Crazy! (1959)

A strange driver’s education film combining religion and sci-fi in the form of Rusty, a Martian who comes to Earth to explore the planet because his own is running …more

Sniffles and Sneezes (1955)

A 1950s “Health and Safety for You” educational film shows how the common cold is spread not just by sneezing and coughing, but through human contact….more

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 by his …more

One Got Fat: Bicycle Safety (1963)

An extremely strange and, one presumes unintentionally, creepy bicycle safety film from Interlude Films, involving monkey masks, a lot of accidents, and a lonely pi…more

The New York World’s Fair, 1939-40

A remarkable series of amateur reels, amounting to more than 6 hours in total, covering the 1939–40 New York World’s Fair which took place on a 1,216 acre area of…more

Perversion for Profit (1965)

Perversion for Profit is a 1965 propaganda film financed by Charles Keating and narrated by news reporter George Putnam. A vehement diatribe against pornography, th…more

Just Imagine (1947)

Film using stop animation shows the character “Tommy Telephone” (the AT&T advertising “spokescreature” at the time) making a telephone by assembling 433 sep…more

Hands (1944)

“Have you ever thought about what hands can do?”, asks the opening of this short WWII propaganda film from the U.S. Army Pictorial Service. Housed at: Internet …more

Design for Dreaming (1956)

Over the top 1950s “Populuxe” advertisement for General Motors, set at their 1956 Motors Motorama. A woman falls asleep and dreams of a glorious future of perfe…more

One World or None (1946)

A film from the Prelinger Archives showing the horrors of atomic warfare. Made only one year after the end of the Second World War, it is thought to be the first …more

Clay animations of Jospeh Sunn (1926)

From the Prelinger Archive – two early clay animations (The Penwiper and Green Pastures) by pioneering Chinese American animator Joseph Sunn from San Fransisco. T…more

Sign up for our newsletter!
The latest wonders from the site to your inbox.
Once every two weeks.

Privacy Policy | More info
You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on provided link in our emails.

ALSO FOLLOW US ON:

facebooktwitterpinterestinstagramtumblryoutuberss