In December of 1941, cinema audiences around the world—from New York to Tokyo, Amsterdam to Paris—waited expectantly for news of Pearl Harbor. World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966 lets today’s students and historians see what those audiences saw and more, by delivering more than 500 hours of newsreel content instantly to any computer or mobile device.
The content of the collection focuses primarily on the World War II era, with supplementary coverage of American life through the mid-1960s. This landmark online collection will include nine newsreel series from four countries—the United States, Japan, France, and the Netherlands. It includes 8,000 meticulously indexed and transcribed individual newsreels that bring the conflict to life in a visceral and immediate way that text cannot match. With one click, users can jump from city to city or date to date, viewing original footage with English transcription.
In the years leading up to and during the war, newsreels had an unparalleled political and social impact. During this time period, all feature films worldwide would begin with a newsreel in the audience's native language. Topical coverage was broad, including health, scientific and industrial progress, religion, sports, fashion, politics, meteorology, agriculture, and disasters.
In war times, the newsreel became increasingly important as a propaganda tool, with more than one-third of each newsreel devoted to the war. Today, newsreels provide a clear archive of how governments shared news, manipulated facts, and influenced their populace.
These films are often the only audio-visual record that remains of historical and cultural events, making them a powerful resource for historians and students of politics, sports, economics, media studies, and other areas.
The collection features full runs of newsreels in their original form wherever available. Content inWorld Newsreels Online, 1929–1966 includes:
Newsreels are also available in country-specific modules.
Films in the collection have been fully translated and come paired with synched transcriptions, excepting Dutch content. The transcriptions are keyword searchable, opening up the materials for scholarly analysis and research.
In-depth indexing by subject, year, historical era, historical event, people, and places lets users easily locate relevant materials. These indices can also be combined—for example to find specific words spoken by a particular person.
World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966 is an online collection available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights. No special setup or software is required—all you need is a Web browser.