Re: Researching medical films

From: Rick Prelinger (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Sep 17 2006 - 22:26:44 PDT

I'm not aware that the Library of Congress has rented prints since World War II. I could of course be wrong. They will copy public domain material in their collections if there are no donor restrictions, but it is kind of a laborious process. NLM (which has a fabulous collection of historical medical films) is supposed to be easier with duplication, but it will cost you an arm and a leg to go from film to film.

If you can deal with videotape copies, I'd suggest talking with,, and If digital is OK, there are a few interesting titles online at the Internet Archive:

As for eBay and historical films, there are fewer and fewer bargains to be found. The stock footage people are snapping everything up :)


>Hi. I would like to research old medical films at the NLM or Library
>ofCongress. Does anyone know if an individual can still rent a print from
>the Library of Congress? What suggestions do you have of the most
>efficient/cheap way of finding old prints on drug experiments and mental
>illness. Ebay?
>Any help is much appreciated. I am conducting research for an archival
>project that I will be doing next year in the UK.
>Marianna Ellenberg
>Filmmaker, Brooklyn NY
>Contact me off the list at email suppressed
>For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.

Rick Prelinger
Prelinger Archives
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Online film collection at Internet Archive:
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.