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U.S. National Archives: Giphy

The National Archives and Record Administration's page is home to almost 300 GIFs created using historic footage in their collection.

Do you have something to say that may be best expressed by a GIF of John F. Kennedy giving a speech or with vintage footage of the original Superman television show? History enthusiasts and GIF lovers alike will appreciate the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) page. Giphy (featured in the 07/01/2016 Scout Report) is a free online tool that allows anyone to quickly and easily create a GIF (Graphical Interchange Format) using video footage of their choice. NARA, of course, is home to a great deal of rare video footage and has created this collection of GIFs using this footage. NARA notes that its collection includes "animated history of all flavors including major historical events, celebrities, national parks, newsreels, animated patents, and dancing sailors." Animated patents are GIFS created by using two photographs, usually of an individual or event recorded before moving picture technology. Thus, a Walt Whitman GIF is possible and is included in this collection. To learn more about images and footage included in this collection, visitors to this page should be sure to check out NARA cataloging information by clicking on the link just below each GIF.
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