Video Collection

These resources offer a diverse high quality collections of freely accessible online streaming video. The collection includes niche collections and broad interest, such as B.B.C., Great Performances, and YouTube Movies. Online Media; A.P. Archive Video; Civil Rights Digital Library; Frontline, NOVA, and other PBS collections; the Smithsonian Institution Collection, and National Film Board of Canada. We continue to connect students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.


Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. Open access scholarly literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works, for both the users and the authors. 

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A.P. Archive Video – This is an archive collection of the world’s largest and oldest news agency – The Associated Press. The cameramen capture the iconic moments that have shaped the world and includes 1.7 million news, entertainment, sports, and fashion stories dating back to 1895 to share.

Al Jazeera Video (CC) – Al Jazeera’s Creative Commons Repository contains broadcast footage that Al Jazeera has released under various Creative Commons licenses.

American Archive of Public Broadcasting – This extraordinary collection includes local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of local communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion, and even filmmaking on a local level.” The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is a “collection of 40,000 hours contains thousands of high-quality programs that have had a national impact. However, the vast majority of this initial American Archive content consists of regional and local programs documenting American communities during the last half of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first.

Archaeology Channel Video – The Archaeology Channel provides free access to an extensive collection of streaming media covering archaeology worldwide.

Archive of American Television – Hosted by the T.V. Academy Foundation, this Archive provides access to hundreds of in-depth video interviews with T.V.’s legends and pioneers. These television history interviews can be browsed by show, person,topic, or profession. New interviews and indexes are added regularly.

ARKive – DIGITAL MEDIA (IMAGES, VIDEOS). A rich collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images, and fact-files, that have a particular focus on the world’s threatened species.

ART:21 – Created by P.B.S., this features a variety of nationally broadcast series on contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Among other things, this resource has online teacher materials, lesson libraries, and discussions. Full episodes are available in the PBS video portal.

AsapSCIENCE Channel – Applying the fun format of their addictive videos to topics ranging from brain freeze to glitches to the science of the snooze button, AsapSCIENCE takes the bedrocks of biology, chemistry, physics, and other hard sciences and relates them to everyday life through quirky and relatable examples that will appeal to both science and non-science students.

B.B.C. Online Media – Provides online access to B.B.C.’s archives, including themed collections of radio and T.V. programs, documents, and photographs.

B.B.C. History of the World in 100 Objects – Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, narrates  over100 programs that reiterate humanity’s history beyond the objects made. Each episode consists of an image of the item examined and a radio narration lasting about 15 minutes.

British Movietone (see also: A.P. Archive) – British Movietone is arguably the world’s most significant newsreel archive, spanning 1895 – 1986. this global archive, shot on 35mm film,  contains many of the world’s memorable  images and is rich in coverage of news events, celebrities, sports, music, lifestyle, social history, science, and eccentric happenings. It was the first newsreel to include sound, the first to use color film, the first to break many special stories and is your first and last stop for newsreel footage. See also: A.P. Archive.

British National Archives Media Player – Collections of British National Archives digitized and original video and audio content, including Family History, Military History, Social History, Political History, Law and Order, Archives, and International.

British Pathé – A collection of 85,000 films: “Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage not only from Britain but from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport, and culture. The Archive is robust in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.”

CC Search – Search across several repositories, including YouTube, Google, SoundCloud, and more, for still images, music, and videos.

CDC TV – Web visitors can now view or download videos on various health, safety, and preparedness topics. The library of videos has been enlarge to include single-topic presentations and different video series focused on children, parents, and public health professionals.

Cineteca (University of Chile) – One of the oldest film archive that has accumulated over 150 films spanning the entire history of national cinema freely available to download or stream online.

Civil Rights Digital Library – Provides access to a collection of text, images. films, and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. CRDL is a partnership among achievists, librarians, technologists, educators, scholars, academic publishers, and public broadcasters. The initiative is supported through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries that was initially awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesOther site features include abundantance of  instructional materials, including lesson plans, quizzes, slide shows, study guides, and worksheets.

Civios – An initiative of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Civios offers short and visually engaging digital materials to inform public affairs discussions. These materials translate policy-relevant scholarly research for policymakers, practitioners, and the broader public.

CNN Films: Digital Shorts – Original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers.

Crash Course Channel – rash Course is an educational YouTube channel started by John and Hank Green, who first achieved notability on the YouTube platform through their VlogBrothers channel.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video – Documentaries and interviews provide personal field experiences as well as insight into the function and controversies of the justice system

Critical Commons – Professors post clips media analysis through the use of film clips.

C-SPAN Video Library – Contains all C-SPAN programs dating several decades that have been abstracted, indexed, and cataloged by the C-SPAN Archives staff. The programs’ indexing is by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. Person indexes the congressional sessions and committee hearings with full-text.

Culture Unplugged – Culture Unplugged (C.U.) provides access to hundreds of documentary films that spans multiple facets of global issues, produced through a “socially and spiritually conscious” lens. Note: This link defaults to documentaries from C.U.’s virtual film festival. Scroll down and select “Show Films from Archive” for access to more content.

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Video Collections – This resource brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums and makes them freely available to the world. “Individuals can access a trove of thousands of videos across these institutions through DPLA’s search interface (by selecting the “moving images” filter on results after performing a keyword search).

Ensia Video Archive  – As a nonprofit media outlet reporting on our changing planet it has a mission is to “motivate and empower people around the world to create a more sustainable future by sharing stories and igniting conversations across sectors, geographies, ideologies, and disciplines.”  

Europeana – A collection of 29 million digital images of paintings, music, films, and books from Europe’s galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Included are images, texts, sounds, and videos.

EUscreen – This collection offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an acumen into the social, political, cultural, and economic incidents that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling critical historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programs that focus on everyday experiences. The collection is also intended to be a resource for educators, researchers, and media professionals searching for new cinematic content from across Europe. Note: see http://euscreen.openimages.eu/media for CC licensed content shared for repurposing.

EVIA Digital Archive Project – Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis – 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. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end-user license agreement (site notes).

Folkstreams – Provides streaming access to an extensive 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. The site provides simple keywords and advanced searching and browsing by subjects, regions, titles, filmmakers, and other categories. Video displays include links to additional, related films (site notes).

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

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Global Performing Arts Database – This collection records include authoritative, detailed, multilingual descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world, plus information about related pieces, productions, performers, and creators (site notes).

HEAL: Health Education Assets Library – A national repository/refractory of free, web-based multimedia teaching materials in the health sciences. The collection is comprised of images, animations, videos, and audio files. Registration is required.

HippoCampus – A Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), HippoCampus provides high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students. Broad disciplines organize content: Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Statistics, U.S. History. The site was designed as part of Open Education Resources (O.E.R.), a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education. Colleges and universities develop the content and contribute it to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project. Both HippoCampus and NROC are supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

History Channel Video – Selected full-length History Channel programs.

Hubert Project – The Hubert Project, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Humphrey School for Public Affairs, offers a collection of public affairs learning materials (including video case studies) that can be used to incorporate into teaching, training, or self-guided professional development.

Hulu – A partnership between N.B.C. and A.B.C. (Disney), Hulu is predominantly a television content site. Hulu distributes video on its website, syndicates its hosting to other sites, and allows users to embed Hulu clips on their websites. In addition to N.B.C., A.B.C., and FOX programs and movies, Hulu carries shows from other networks such as Comedy Central, PBS, U.S.A. Network, Bravo, F.X., Syfy, Sundance, E!, and other commercial producers. The Channel link at the bottom of the Hulu homepage provides a broad subject organization of its content, including “News and Information,” which includes sub-categories of Current News, Documentary & Biography, Live Events & Specials, and Politics.

IMDb T.V. – Ad-supported free access to many popular feature films and T.V. series. They are designed for personal, non-commercial use. By viewing content on IMDb T.V., you agree to the Amazon Prime Video Terms of Use.

Internet Archive – Moving Image Archive – This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users, ranging from classic full-length films to daily unconventional news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.

Internet Archive – The Moving Image Archive within the Internet Archive provides access to nearly a quarter-million films uploaded by Archive users, ranging from classic full-length films to daily alternative news broadcasts to cartoon concerts. Videos in the Archive are organized into 15 broad sub-categories: Animation and Cartoons, Arts & Music, Computers & Technology, Cultural & Academic Films, Ephemeral Films, Home Movies, Movies, News & Public Affairs, Open Source Movies, Spirituality & Religion, Sports Videos, Video Games, Vlogs, and Youth Media. The Archive also contains the Prelinger Archive, the most complete and varied collection of short films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur).

Internet Archive: T.V. News – The Internet Archive works to preserve the published works of humankind. Inspired by Vanderbilt University’s Television News Archive project, the Internet Archive collects and preserves television news. Like library collections of books and newspapers, this accessible Archive of T.V. news enables anyone to reference and compare statements from this influential medium. The Archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired. Older materials are also being added.

Internet Movie Database – This site provides information on movies around the world, from earliest times to the latest releases. Includes filmographies, plot summaries, reviews, biographical data, etc.

iTunes U – A diverse range of freely available courses spanning a wide array of disciplines from multiple institutions.

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Khan Academy – With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we are on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.

Learners T.V. – This is a comprehensive site providing thousands of streaming and downloadable video lectures, live online Tests, and other materials in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, , Engineering, Computer Science, Dentistry, History, Language Training, Law, Literature, Management, and Accounting, Mathematics, Medicine, Nursing, Physics, and Psychology. The site provides free video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by university faculty worldwide. The respective institutes license most of the materials offered under a Creative Commons License.

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M.I.T. Open Courseware – M.I.T. instructors provide a range of courses freely available online.

Media that Matters – Annual collection showcases twelve short films on important topics of the day. Seven years of films available on the site, organized alphabetically by title, by year. A simple search interface facilitates finding films by keyword. Films may also be browsed by one of 15 issues: Environment, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Family & Society, Gay/Lesbian, Gender/Women, Human Rights, Health/Health Advocacy, Immigration, International, Media, Politics/Government, Racial Justice, Religious Freedom, and Youth.

Merlot – Includes animations and other learning resources.

Mike Wallace, The Interviews – Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958 and 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, Margaret Sanger, and Salvador Dali, among other notables.

Movieclips – Provides more than 12,000 short clips from feature films licensed from Fox, M.G.M., Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. The Movieclips player can be embedded in social media and other personal websites, and used in PowerPoint presentations. In addition to searching by title or actor, the site offers additional search capabilities for dialogue, genre, action, occassion, theme, mood, and categories, including best kissholidays, awkward moments, , tearjerkers, birthdays, action moments, bad guys, and fight scenes.

National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films (NCFMF) – A series of films created by Ascher Shapiro over a period that lasted at least a decade, and used to teach fluid mechanics.

National Film Board of Canada – This is a Canadian government agency that creates and distributes documentary, animation, alternative drama, and digital media productions. The N.F.B. website provides information on several thousand National Film Board of Canada films and includes free access to over 2,000 films, excerpts, trailers, and interactive works for online screening. There are some excellent animated films!

National Geographic Video – Video programs from Nat Geo TV and web-only audiovisual material.

National Parks Service B-Roll Video – This webpage provides links to public domain videos of some of those sites, including national parks, battlefields, monuments, historic sites, and related areas. This content is excellent for remixing, reuse in projects, and publication.

NOVA – Provides access to carefully chosen programs from the acclaimed PBS science series. Programs are divided into captioned chapters. Available videos are organized by broad subject categories: Anthropology, Disasters, Earth, Exploration, Flight, Health, History, Investigations, Nature, Physics & Math, Space, and Technology.

Open Video Project – A University of North Carolina project to create a free repository of archival, documentary, and educational video.

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P.O.V. Video – Provides a selection of full-length films, short films, and lesson plan based clips from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series P.O.V.

PBS Great Performances – Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.

PBS Learning Media – Developed by a number of renowed media outlest. Content contributed from publicly funded organizations, including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and NPR, NASA, N.S.F., and N.I.H., and the U.S. Department of Education, delivers thousands of resources use in the classroom and with home-schoolers. The content aligns with Common Core State Standards for PreK-16 classrooms. Â This collection contains more than 114,000 research-based instructional resources – including videos, interactives, images, audio files, mobile apps, lesson plans, and worksheets. Requires personal registration on the site.

PBS Video – Provides access to various selected programs from the PBS series (such as Nature, American Experience, Nova, and Frontline, among others.). . Individual programs are subdivided into smaller segments. Users can browse by Programs, Topics, or Collections

Penn Museum Film Archives – The Penn Museum Archives has an extensive collection of films that, thanks to the Internet Archive’s generosity, are nearly all available online. The online film collection consists of over 700 archival films.

PopTech – Videos of global tech innovators.

Public Domain Project – Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects. Completely free & made available by Pond5.

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Science Channel  – This resource features programming focusing on wilderness survival, ufology, manufacturing, construction, technology, space, prehistory, and animal science.

Smithsonian Channel – Smithsonian Channel offers documentaries and shows exploring history, science, nature, aviation, space, and pop culture.

T.E.D. Talks – T.E.D. is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

Ted-Ed – Education-centered videos. TED-Ed Animations are our signature content: short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark learners’ curiosity everywhere.

The Great Depression Interviews – From the stock market crash of 1929 to the beginnings of World War II, The Great Depression Interviews tells the dramatic and diverse stories of struggle and survival during the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. Originally debuting on PBS stations in 1993, the 7-part series was met with critical acclaim, winning an Emmy for writing and a DuPont-Columbia Award. As a part of the Henry Hampton, Collection, these interviews are housed at the Film & Media Archive at Washington University Libraries. Each video and transcript represents the entire interview conducted by Blackside, Inc., including portions that did not appear in the final program (site notes).

The Open Video Project – A shared digital video collection.

The Prelinger Archive – A collection exceeding 11,000 digitized and videotape titles originated from film, and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Note: Read the Rights section before utilizing.

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Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy – Presentations, lectures, and workshops from renowned counselors, psychologists, and practitioners.

World History in Video – Documentaries on world history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century.

YouTube #Education – YouTubeEDU provides an incredible range of educational videos for every grade level. It is as simple as searching and exploring. This site has it all, from lesson plans to funny educational animations that will entertain, motivate, and inform students.