The Moving Image Section is often asked to provide stock shots
for use in film and television productions. As an archive, we are
primarily concerned with preserving our motion picture and television
collections and making them available for serious research on our
own premises. The majority of the films and videos in the Library
of Congress are not available for duplication due to copyright
and/or donor restrictions. Researchers are welcome to view copyrighted
films at the Library to identify scenes of interest, but the copyright
owner is usually the appropriate source for obtaining duplicate
footage (see Purchasing Moving Image Material).
In addition, most of the works in our collections have not been
fully cataloged and are therefore accessible primarily by title.
Our reference staff cannot undertake the required research for
stock footage requests.
The most accessible collections of archival footage in the
Library of Congress available for purchase include:
The American Memory Films
Over 700 historical films can be viewed online and downloaded
at the American
Memory website. Broadcast quality copies can be ordered through
our Public Services Office Obtaining
Copies of American Memory Film Collection Materials.
Turn-of-the-Century Film Collections
Historical films in our Paper Print, George Kleine, and Theodore
Roosevelt collections include a wide variety of fiction and actuality
films. Three book catalogs describing these films have been published,
each with subject indexing (see citations below). While the book
catalogs are out of print, you may be able to find copies in
your local public or university library. The Kleine and Roosevelt
films are also searchable in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.
For information on duplication costs and procedures, contact
our Public Services Office (telephone: 202-707-5623; fax: 202-707-2371).
Early Motion Pictures: The Paper Print Collection in the
Library of Congress by Kemp Niver (Washington, DC:
Library of Congress, 1985).
- Describes approximately 3,000 films made between 1894 and 1915. Some libraries
may only have the previous edition: Motion Pictures from the Library of
Congress Paper Print Collection, 1894-1912" (Berkeley: University
of California Press,1967).
The George Kleine Collection of Early Motion Pictures
in the Library of Congress: A Catalog (Washington,
DC: Library of Congress, 1980).
- Describes 456 motion pictures produced between 1898 and 1926.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association Film Collection: A
Catalog (Washington, DC: Library of Congress,
- Describes 318 films relating to the life and career of Theodore Roosevelt.