Category Archives: Rare Videos

A short supply of historic, peculiar, and hand-picked films from the holdings of the National Archives.

National Archives specialists brings movies “Out of the Dark”

With a little archival magic, NARA staff bring historic films “out of the dark” and back into the public eye. This post is from Archives Specialist Marcia Kolko from the Motion Picture Sound and Audio office. Now on a small screen … Continue reading

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NARA debuts “The Sailor and the Seagull” at Beijing film festival

This week, NARA will be premiering a film halfway across the globe in Beijing, China, for the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). Our film preservation lab will be represented by Supervisory Motion Picture Preservation Specialist Criss Kovac. “We rejoined FIAF last … Continue reading

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From Our Film Archives: “The March”

This Sunday is the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. To commemorate the event, the National Archives is displaying a program from the march in the East Rotunda Gallery and screening The March on August 27 and 28. But if you … Continue reading

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Roll out the red carpet at the National Archives!

Today we have a special guest post from Tom Nastick, public programs producer at the National Archives. This week, from February 23 to 27, we’ll be presenting the seventh annual free screenings of Oscar®-nominated documentaries and Short Subjects in the William … Continue reading

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The OSS and the Dalai Lama

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In the summer of 1942, the Allies’ war against Japan was in dire straits. China was constantly battling the occupying Japanese forces in its homeland, … Continue reading

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Inside the Vaults – The Bill of Rights

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. After more than 40 years of research and more than 14,000 documents, new discoveries are being made as scholars at the George Washington University continue … Continue reading

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If our Founding Fathers had Twitter (Final!)

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. We here at the National Archives noticed that many politicians these days use Twitter to deliver messages. Often this involves using numbers instead of letters, … Continue reading

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War Comes to America

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Sixty-nine years ago today, the Congress of the United States declared war following the delivery of a speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt that included these … Continue reading

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Does television affect how we elect Presidents?

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Fifty years ago last week, John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon to become the nation’s 35th President. The 1960s were a significant changing of the … Continue reading

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Facial Hair Friday: Civil War Beards on Film

Yesterday was Veterans Day, and many of my friends on Facebook posted tributes to their family and friends, usually mentioning their grandfathers who fought in World War II. Now, World War II was over 60 years ago, but I personally … Continue reading

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