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Using Archival Footage, Photos, & Audio
A resource guide for how to find and appropriately attribute free, public domain, and creative commons licensed footage, photos, and audio.
This collection of home movies includes amateur films and videotapes from the collections of the Center for Home Movies and other home movie aficionados. This collection includes amateur productions, home movies and home videos of family activities, travelogues, dramas and a variety of homemade films from the last century, as well as ephemeral films about home movie making.
Collections include, American Memory, a digital library of historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video of American culture; the National Jukebox featuring over 10,000 78rpm disc sides issued by the Victor Talking Machine Co. between 1900 and 1925; and the Veterans History Project, first-person stories of wartime service through personal artifacts, audio and video interviews.
The British Library (BL) has released over one million images from 17th, 18th, and 19th century books on Flickr. Equally important, the images and metadata have been released into the public domain.
Although the images and data are available for use and reuse without restriction, BL is following an increasingly common trend among GLAM institutions where attribution is requested (rather than required).
The LOC Flickr collection offers sets of digitized photos: the 1,600 color images from the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, 1,500+ images from the George Grantham Bain News Service, selected panoramic photographs, portraits of jazz musicians and personalities, and other photos from the Library of Congress collections that possess these qualities: they have long been popular with visitors to the Library; they have no known restrictions on publication or distribution, and they have high resolution scans.