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Links and annotations for a variety of open video collection websites.

Open Video Collection Websites

Guide content originally based on "Internet Sites for Streaming Video" guide, created by Deg Farrelly of Arizona State University, and has been significantly updated/curated by Kishwaukee College Library staff. 

This website contains video lectures from leading scholars in the areas of astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, English,entrepreneurship, history, law, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and religion.

A digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s from Duke University.

Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository contains broadcast footage that Al Jazeera has released under various Creative Commons licenses.

View complete episodes or portions of select films from the acclaimed PBS documentary series.

Vintage motion pictures offering rich perspectives on the experiences of Native peoples across the Americas. The site organizes titles by tribes, linking to films for more than 100 tribes.  These archival films are not perfect. Some were educational shorts used in American schools from the 1930s to the 1970s. Several have abbreviated titles or missing endings. Some are spliced or scratched; others have faded color.  These films are windows into the human past, stunning documents with much to tell us about our New World story.  Repository collection storage and access through the University of Arizona.

Features a growing collection of text, audio, and video versions of over 5,000 speeches. The site provides access to "public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events." Includes sections for Christian rhetoric, "Top 100 Speeches," "Rhetorical Figures in Sound," "Rhetoric of 9-11," and more. Notable is the selection of speeches from movies, arranged alphabetically by title. Not all speeches have accompanying videos. Site supported by advertising, and maintained by a speech communication professor.

Free educational videos from the Annenberg Foundation, a non-profit educational organization.

Free access to a large collection of streaming media covering cultural heritage worldwide.

Hosted by the TV Academy Foundation, this archive provides access to hundreds of in-depth video interviews with TV's greatest legends and pioneers, as well as production and behind-the-scenes personnel. These oral history interviews can be browsed by person, show, topic or profession. New interviews and indexes are added regularly.

Created by PBS, this Web site is patterned after a nationally broadcast series on contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Among other things, this site has an online lesson library, teacher materials and discussions.

Provides online access to BBC's archives including themed collections of radio and TV programs, documents and photographs.

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programs that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made. Each episode consists of an image of the item discussed, and a narration generally around 14-15 minutes.

Scientific videos from the Beilstein-Institut from 2010-2018.  Topics include organic chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, and open science.  Most of the videos are either in English or translated to English.

Collaboration with a global community of musicians for free musical content, such as remixes, samples, and pells that have Creative Commons licensing.

Web visitors can now view or download videos on a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics. The library of videos will expand to include single-topic presentations as well as different video series focused on children, parents, and public health professionals.

Contains all C-SPAN programs since 1987, indexed, abstracted, and cataloged by the C-SPAN Archives staff. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text.

Provides access to online films, texts, images, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. CRDL is a partnership among librarians, technologists, archivists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative receives support through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The site provides both simple keyword searching and advanced searching. Content also can be browsed by Events, Places, People, Topics, Media Types (including print, government records, correspondences, etc.) Other features of the site include numerous instructional materials, including lesson plans, quizzes, slide shows, study guides, and worksheets.

Free video entertainment site with full-length content, such movies, television shows and other programming.

Professors post clips media analysis through the use of film clips.

  • Digital Moving Image Collections (formerly American Memory)
    • This collection from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 collections:
    • America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
    • American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
    • Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916
    • Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982
    • Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
    • The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
    • Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
    • Origins of American Animation
    • Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
    • The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
    • Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
  • Europeana 

A collection of 6 million digital images of paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Included are images, texts, sounds and videos.

Collaborative endeavor to create a digital archive of ethnographic field video for use by scholars and instructors. Funded since 2001 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with significant contributions from Indiana University and the University of Michigan, the Project has been developed through the joint efforts of ethnographic scholars, archivists, librarians, technologists, and legal experts. Beyond the primary mission of digitally preserving ethnographic field video, the EVIA Project has also invested significantly in the creation of software and systems for the annotation, discovery, playback, peer review, and scholarly publication of video and accompanying descriptions. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreement.

Thousands of feature film short clips licensed from film companies and studios. 

Provides streaming access to a large collection of documentary films about American folk, or roots, cultures. Includes essays about the traditions and filmmakers, transcriptions, study and teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. Site provides simple keyword and advanced searching, as well as ability to browse by subjects, regions, titles, filmmakers, and other categories. Video displays include links to additional, related films.

View complete episodes of a large selection of films from the acclaimed PBS public affairs series.

Free video streaming content for globally sourced news with over 150 channels.

A repository of free, digital teaching materials in the health sciences. Currently housed in the University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Digital Library.

HippoCampus provides high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students, as well as to teachers and professors. Content is organized by broad disciplines: Algebra & Geometry, American History & Government, Arithmetic, Biology, Calculus & Advanced Math, Chemistry, Earth Science, Economics, English, Physics, Religion, Sociology, and Statistics & Probability.  Powered by The NROC Project.

Archive includes over 9 million Moving Images and TV related video content.

An Amazon resource considered a comprehensive movie source on the web. Provides information on movies around the world, from earliest times to the latest releases. Includes filmographies, plot summaries, reviews, biographical data, etc.

Self-paced learning videos in multiple levels for high school and college.  Subjects covered include Math, Science, Arts & Humanities, Economics, and Information Technology

A digital collection of over 8,000 films in a wide variety of subjects.

A free archive repository with thousands of videos that preserve the historic, cultural heritage, and tourism of the Mediterranean area.

The Media Burn Archive is a collection of over 8,000 videos that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers around the world, from 1959 to the present.

Building and sharing information and educational content in digital media format.

Consortium of educational institutions providing free access to digital learning resources.  Can search by broad topics such as Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics & Statistics, Science & Technology, Social Sciences, and Careers.

Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958. Provided by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Each program includes a text transcript. Available interviewees include Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Lloyd Wright, Adlai Stevenson, and Salvador Dali among other notables of the time.

MIT instructors provide a range of courses freely available online.

The archive includes digitized television shows, radio programs, and photos.

A series of films created by Ascher Shapiro in the 1960s, used to teach fluid mechanics.

The National Film Board of Canada is a Canadian government agency that produces and distributes documentary, animation, alternative drama and digital media productions of Canadian born film. The NFB website provides information on over 13,000 Canadian Film Board sponsored films, and includes free access to over 3,000 films, excerpts, trailers, and interactive works for online screening.

Video programs from Nat Geo TV and web only audiovisual material.

Public service government website focuses on health information for older adults.  Aging-related health information is easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information.

This webpage provides links to public domain video of some of those sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas. This content is great for remixing, reuse in projects and publication.

Provides access to selected programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into chapters and have closed captioning. Available videos are organized by broad subject categories:  Ancient Worlds, Body & Brain, Evolution, Military & Espionage, Nature, Physics & Math, Planet Earth, Space & Flight, and Technology & Engineering.

Content largely drawn from PBS programs, but also includes content from publicly funded and other organizations.  Content aligns with Common Core State Standards for preK-16 classrooms and homeschoolers.  This collection contains research-based instructional resources, such as including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets.  Access to additional resources requires personal registration on the site.

Open access to previews, clips, and full performances of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

Provides access to selected programs from selected PBS series (such as Nature, American Experience, Nova, and Frontline, among others.)  Users can browse by Programs, Topics, or Collections. Individual programs are subdivided into smaller segments.  Content is a mixture of open access and subscription.

Free movie and television content with simple registration required to access free content.

Over 9,000 free stock videos with Creative Commons licenses.

Free video stock footage

Videos of global tech innovators

Provides a selection of clips, full length films, and short films from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV.  Also includes discussion guides, reading lists, and lesson plans.

Free video streaming completely in Spanish.  Content includes 75+ channels and over 1,000 movies & shows.

Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research.  State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter in these video files. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.

The Library's multimedia collection is a truly unique collection of material on U. S. public policy. The Library's multimedia archive includes secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government.

Search over 17.1 million records with over 6.6 million images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources from the Smithsonian's museums, archives & libraries.

Includes videos of SAGES meetings, information on surgeries and techniques, in addition to surgery videos.

Affiliated with the University of Mississippi, they produce films exploring and documenting American Southern food culture and diversity.

Through their YouTube channel, the Stanford Health Library provides a collection of online videos covering various health topics, including health and society, cancer support, and women's health.

Talks are organized under broad subject categories:  Technology, Entertainment, Design, Business, Science, and Global Issues.

More than 60 films provide a representative cross section of the output produced by the Thanhouser film enterprise based in New Rochelle, New York between 1910 and 1917.  A grandson of the Edwin Thanhouser collaborated with worldwide archives in locating and preserving these Thanhauser creations. Each film includes a summary and analysis written by film historian Victor Graf.  Andrew Crow, Raymond A. Brubacher and Ben Model composed and performed original musical accompaniment commissioned exclusively for this collection.

Free streaming video service featuring over 35,000 movies & TV shows and over 100 news channels.  Affiliated with Fox Entertainment.

Discover and learn about the rich collections available through the UMedia Archive.

View the various food safety and inspection streaming videos and audio files available from the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The USDA YouTube channel contains many video features, training videos and speeches related to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Vimeo is a well known video sharing site specializing in user-generated content, media production howto videos, independent films, and educational video (several universities have an official Vimeo channel).

Their YouTube channel is a large collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine for humans and animals.

Provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.

YouTube Movies provides access to thousands of commercial films (mostly Studio) across most popular film genres.