Pilot Project to digitize and offer historic films online

The pilot program features 101 films from the audiovisual collections preserved at the Archives. Highlights of the pilot project include: The earliest film preserved in the National Archives holdings by Thomas Armat, “Carmencita – Spanish Dance,” featuring the famous Spanish Gypsy dancer,1894; A representative selection of U.S. government newsreels, documenting World War II, 1941-45; A sampling of documentaries produced by NASA on the history of the spaceflight program; Motion picture films, primarily from the 1930s, that document the history and establishment of a nationwide system of national and state parks.

 This project will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films from the National Archives via Google Video (video.google.com/nara.html) as well as the National Archives website (www.archives.gov).