Streaming Video Databases
UMBC provides access to the following streaming media databases.
Dance in Video contains five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
Consists of streamed video and audio footage with relevant critical commentary. Includes interviews with key figures in theatre history and practice; masterclasses with specialist actor trainers; unique footage by legendary practitioners; excerpted and full-length contemporary productions; and documentaries. The video material spans more than fifty years.
Free Streaming Video Websites
There are a number of websites that provide free access to streaming video collections. Some of these sites are supported by advertising while others are the official sites of the content creator (producer, director, festival, etc). This content may change or become unavailable without notice.
Please click on the links below to see additional information and to access the site.
82nd & Fifth
This series from the Metropolitan Museum of Art features 100 episodes (each at 2 minutes), in which curators talk about works of art that changed the way they see the world. Each episode links to related clips and/or interactive pieces, and includes full identification of the curator, the work of art, and its donor(s).
The AdViews digital collection provides access to thousands of historic commercials created for clients or acquired by the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) advertising agency or its predecessor during the 1950s - 1980s. All of the commercials held in the DMB&B Archives will be digitized, allowing students and researchers access to a wide range of vintage brand advertising from the first four decades of mainstream commercial television.
American Indian Film Gallery
The American Indian Film Gallery (AIFG) is an online collection of more than 450 historic films by and about Native peoples of the Americas, compiled and digitized by historian J. Fred MacDonald over many years. These films range in date from 1925 - 2010. Most date to the so-called Golden Age of educational filmmaking, from 1945 to the rise of consumer-grade video equipment in the 1970s. Many of the films from that period were sponsored by industry or governmental agencies. Others were made by independent educational filmmakers.
American Memory Collection
The American Memory project from the Library of Congress provides access to several hundred early motion pictures, organized into 11 discrete collections:
- America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
- American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
- Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916
- Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904
- Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
- Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906
- Origins of American Animation
- Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929
- Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures
- Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
Part of the Annenberg Foundation, Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. The Learner.org web site provides access to many of the exceptional educational video programs developed with grant money as telecourses, including series on algebra, art, chemistry, economics, film, history, poetry, and foreign languages, among others. Not all series listed on the site are available for streaming. Videos stream in Flash. Many of the videos include closed captioning.
Archive of American Television
The Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television chronicles the birth and growth of American TV history through over 3,000 hours of oral history interviews with TV's greatest legends and pioneers. The collection covers a variety of professions, genres, and topics, and can be searched by person, show, topic or profession.
C-SPAN Video Library
This archive contains every C-SPAN program aired since 1987 (almost totaling over 204,000 hours). Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full text.
Civil Rights Digital Library
The CRDL is a partnership among librarians, archivists, educators, and public broadcasters that provides access to online films, texts, images and audio recordings related to the Civil Rights movement in the United States. You can browse the collection by events, places, people, topics, or media types; both simple and advanced search options are available.
Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis
The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a preservation and access system for annotated ethnographic field video. Collections represent a diverse range of performance traditions from the around the world. Viewing videos requires registering for an account and agreeing to the end user license agreement.
Folkstreams offers streaming access to documentaries about American folk or roots cultures with essays about the traditions and filmmaking. The site includes transcriptions, study/teaching guides, suggested readings, and links to related websites. It also provides simple keyword and advanced searching, as well as the ability to browse by subject, region, title, filmmaker, and other categories. Video displays include links to related films.
International Monetary Fund Videos
Provides more than 1,000 short-form videos, generally under 5 minutes, produced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Search options permit searching by a combination of elements: Category, Country, Year, Language, and Keyword. Categories include: Countries and Regions, Economic Outlook, Speeches, Seminars, and more.
Internet Archive: Movie Archive
The Moving Image Archive contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users that range from classic full-length films to daily alternative news broadcasts to cartoons and concerts. Browse sub-collections or use the simple/advanced search. The videos are either in the public domain or Creative Commons-licensed, and many are available for free download.
The Lannan Foundation is dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities. The site provides access to 15 years of audio and video recordings from live events and interviews with notable authors, scholars, and activists. More recordings are included on the foundations podcast site, which is available for subscription via iTunes.
Media Burn Independent Video Archive
The Media Burn Independent Video Archive collects more than 6,000 documentary videotapes produced by independent videographers outside of corporate contexts. The tapes chronicle four decades of 20th and 21st century life (1969 to present), including politics, arts and culture, community life, urban issues, ethnic identities and more.
Media That Matters
Media That Matters showcases 12-minute or less films in an annual collection, organized alphabetically by year and title. A simple search interface facilitates finding films by keyword. Films may also be browsed by one of 15 issues: Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Environment, Family & Society, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender, Gender/Women, Health/Health Advocacy, Human Rights, Immigration, International, Media, Politics/Government, Racial Justice, Religous Freedom, and Youth.
A free video archive that preserves the historic, cultural and tourism heritage of the Mediterranean area. The TV and radio archives are presented in historic and cultural context with accompanying notes in French, English, and Arabic. Co-funded by the European Union.
The Mike Wallace Interview
Video of 65 interviews from the television series hosted by the late Mike Wallace from 1957 and 1958. Provided by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Each program includes a text transcript. Copyright of all of the interviews belongs to Mike Wallace and the Ransom Center.
Millennium Stage: Kennedy Center
Provides more than 12,000 short clips from feature films licensed from Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros that can be shared over social media or used in webpages and presentations. Reuse of the clips requires registering with the site.
In addition to searching by title or actor, the site allows one to search by dialogue, genre, action, occassion, theme, and mood. Browse categories such as best kiss, tearjerkers, birthdays, holidays, awkward moments, action moments, bad guys and fight scenes.
National Park Service B-Roll Video
NYPL Dance Division Moving Image Archive
A virtual space for dance enthusiasts and researchers alike to browse, search, compare, and comment on dance videos and images - then share their discoveries with others! While not all of the NYPL Dance Division Moving Image Archive collection is available offsite, large portions of the collection are available. To browse only freely available material, click the the "Exclude Location-Restricted Videos" button under the search box.
Created by PBS, Art21 chronicles contemporary art and artists both online and through its series Art in the Twenty-First Century. This site hosts episodes from the television show, as well as the following online series:
• Artist to Artist: Contemporary visual artists in conversation with their peers
• 100 Artists: Celebrates the artists who appeared in the series Art in the Twenty-First Century
• New York Close-Up: Profiles artists in the first decade of their professional career in NYC
Provides access to select programs from PBS series. Users can browse by Programs, Topics, or Collections. Individual programs are subdivided into smaller segments. PBS Video coverage includes episodes from from Masterpiece, American Experience, Austin City Limits, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, Nature & Great Performances.
Provides a selection of full-length and short films from the acclaimed PBS documentary film series POV. Videos are organized by length and topic.
Contains multimedia videos highlighting the U.S. Department of Energy's scientific research. State-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology allows the user to search for specific words and phrases spoken by the presenter. Simply enter a term and the results list will point to the precise snippets of the video where the term was spoken.
Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
The Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive serves as a research facility for scholars of U.S. public policy. The Library's multimedia archive includes more than 2,500 hours of secret White House recordings, hundreds of presidential oral history interviews, audio and video recordings of Miller Center Forums, and documents related to the executive branch of American government. The Library's digital archive on the American presidency is over 3TB and growing.
Provides access to over 850 full-length documentary films from established distributors and first-time filmmakers. The site organizes titles by broad Topics (such as Arts, Environment, Health, History, Women's Issues, etc.) and by Channels (including well-established film companies such as Alive Mind, Icarus, Fanlight, PBS, and National Geographic).
Videos stream in Flash. Brief commercials precede and are interspersed through the video playback.
Southern Foodways Alliance
Thanhouser Video Collection
Provides access to more than 50 films that represent a cross-section of the output produced between 1910 and 1917 by the Thanhouser film enterprise based in New Rochelle, New York. Each film includes a summary and analysis written by film historian Victor Graf.
USDA Food Safety Videos
View the various food safety and inspection streaming videos and audio files available from the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The videos are organized by category: Public Service Announcements; Meat, Poultry and Processed Egg Product Inspection; Regulatory Education Seminars; and SignFSIS.
WGBH Open Vault
Provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. The ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.
Videos are organized by broad topics, collection, and series. The site features simple keyword searching with filterable results.