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Prelinger Archives (Firm)

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    • found: American History in Video, via WWW, November 25, 2013 (A Day In Congress, directed by Hullinger, Edwin Ware (Academic Films), 18:02 mins; collection: Prelinger Archives)
    • found: Internet Archive, via WWW, November 25, 2013 (Moving Image Archive: Prelinger Archives; Prelinger Archives was founded in 1982 by Rick Prelinger in New York City; 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; Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 5,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002; its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere; included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important U.S. corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions)
    • found: Wikipedia, November 25, 2013 (Prelinger Archives; 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 organizations, educational films, and amateur and home movies; about 65% of the Archive's holdings are in the public domain because their copyrights have expired, or because they were U.S. productions that were published without proper copyright notice; by 2001 it had acquired 60,000 completed films of varying lengths and over 30,000 cans of unedited film; in 2002, the Library of Congress acquired the physical films held in the Archives as of that date; the Archives made two subsequent donations to the Library of Congress totalling some 65,000 cans of film, primarily industrial and educational titles; as of the summer 2012, the Archives holds about 5,000 films in videotape and digital form, approximately 9,000 home movies, and 1,000 industrial and sponsored films acquired since 2002; compared to many other moving image archives, Prelinger Archives provides a relatively high level of public access to its collections; over 3,200 public domain films are available for download and unrestricted reuse on the Internet at the Internet Archive; all the films in the archives can be licensed for production use through Getty Images; Prelinger Archives currently focuses principally on collecting home movies and amateur film from North America; Official website:
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