While many digital image projects and archives offer a few brief video clips of historical and other interests, the Open Video Project contains close to 2000 digitized clips and complete short films, and will be of great interest to those researching visual culture. Sponsored and developed at the Interaction Design Laboratory at the School of Information and Library Science and the University of North Carolina, the project began in 1998 with approximately 195 video segments. The archive available here provides video clips from a variety of sources, including quite a few obtained from U.S. government agencies. The entire archive may be searched by keyword, or browsed by genre, duration, or thematic collection. There are some rather compelling files to peruse here, including a collection of classic early television commercials (including one for Jello), a short silent film titled 2 A.M in the subway, and an educational film titled A is for Atom, produced by the General Electric Company.
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