Prelinger Collection: 60,000 film odds & ends released online

Interested in old films and film clips? Interested in free creative commons licensed film clips available for reuse in your own projects?

Prelinger Archives

Check out the Prelinger Archives through, which contains ephemeral films from advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur sources.

Want to see Burt the turtle teach you how to duck and cover in case of an atomic bomb (through a very catchy tune)? How about a cat video from 1947? Wish you could see the importance of springs in daily life? And so much more!

Librarian PSA: Consider the historical context of the videos before judging the accuracy of the information.

Interested in reading more about the Prelinger Archives and this collection of videos? Check out this article from Open Culture.


About Meredith Lewis

Meredith is a reference librarian at Durham Tech on both the Main and Orange County Campuses. She likes fantasy, science-fiction, and historical fiction and is trying to be a better reader of non-fiction (just after she finishes that stack of novels on her bedside table...)