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Public History -- Philadelphia and the United States

Internet Archive

Internet Movie Archive

This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.   The Prelinger Archives are particularly interesting for American Studies.

Philadelphia Documentaries in Films on Demand

Additionally, there are several Philadelphia documentaries in the Films on Demand database, including the following titles:

  • Cira Center
  • Decaying Cities
  • Housing America: Demographics and Development
  • Let the Doors be of Iron

Access the database here!  To find these specific films, change the drop down menu that says "Search by Segments" to "Search by Titles."  Then enter the title from above that you are interested in.

Films Media Group

Films on Demand:digital educational video

Films Media Group is the leading source of high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. Films Media Group serves the education community through its four brands: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware. Includes more than 10,000 films in the following general categories: humanities and social science; business and economics; science and mathematics; health and medicine; technical education; family and consumer science; careers and job search; and guidance and counseling.

Library Videos

To find out what videos the library owns, use the library catalog.  You can search by keyword and limit your search to video collections as shown in the example below: