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Prelinger Archives: Active Film Collection Title List (rev. August 6, 2010)

Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly collection of books, periodicals and print ephemera, open to the public in downtown San Francisco

In search of archival or stock footage? Please look at our Archives FAQ here first.

Blackoystercatcher blog

View or download Panorama Ephemera (2004), a feature-length collage film

News of Panorama Ephemera

2,141 titles from Prelinger Archives are online at the Internet Archive. We're preparing more and plan to do a mass upload in late 2011 or early 2012.

My "Points of Origin" piece, published in The Moving Image 9 (No. 2, 2009) here:

Prelinger Collection Acquired by Library of Congress

The Landscape Coin Project and my spouse Megan Shaw Prelinger's website

What's New (updated 14 July 2004; my blog is much more current)

Archives FAQ (updated October 2008)
Link to the
Internet Moving Images Archive
One-page list listing approximately 1,969 Prelinger titles presently available from the Internet Moving Images Archive, suitable for searching or browsing.
Access to Products
Intellectual Property Issues
About Ephemeral Films

Watch the Prelinger Archives official orientation video:

Public Domain Dedication
The work referred to below is in the Public Domain.

View or download This Is Prelinger Archives (2001)
Producer: Prelinger (Rick)
Sponsor: Prelinger Archives
Official Prelinger Archives corporate video, describing its contents and mission. With excerpts of many films in the collection and rare scenes shot inside the New York vaults.
Descriptors: Motion pictures: Ephemeral;  Motion pictures: Archives;  Prelinger Archives
Run time: 10:45   Color/B&W: B&W/C   Silent/Sound: Sd

Contact information:
Rick Prelinger
Prelinger Archives
P.O. Box 590622
San Francisco, CA 94159-0622


October 23, 2018