Online Primary Sources: Thousands of Historical Videos

British Pathe was a media company founded in the 1890s, and over the course of the next eighty years it produced thousands of hours of newsreels; its collection of World War I and World War II videos are exceptional. All of these hours, divided into almost 90,000 film clips, are freely available on YouTube. Watch an interview with Laurel and Hardy, listen to Titanic survivors, see Queen Victoria, and storm the beaches on D-Day. These same films can also be accessed at the company’s site where retrieval is expedited by more in-depth subject headings and other guides. A must for those interested in twentieth-century history.

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