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]

Development of a Salamander (1920s)

Early biological silent film, made sometime in the 1920s, which uses time-lapse photography to show the development of a salamander from egg to larvae. From the Dep…more

Freedom Highway (1956)

In this film from the Prelinger Archives, a Greyhound bus rides from San Fransisco to Washington D.C, transporting us at the same time through the landscape of Amer…more

Your Name Here (1960)

Bizarre film from Calvin Communications, in which they satirise their own formulaic approach to industrial promotional films, showing how the idea of the “America…more

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