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WSA Databases with Video

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National Screening Room

Oh, Uncle! - silent comedy film directed by D.W. Griffith, 1909, Library of CongressThe Library of Congress has digitized hundreds of films and made them available to the public. The National Screening Room showcases the riches of the Library’s vast moving image collection, designed to make otherwise unavailable movies, both copyrighted and in the public domain,  freely accessible to viewers nationwide and around the world. Care to check out home movies of Liza Minnelli’s second birthday party, hosted by Ira Gershwin? Thomas Edison footage of Coney Island at night, circa 1905? LBJ’s “Daisy” political spot with the little girl and the nuke (pictured below)? Have at them.

The majority of movies in the National Screening Room are freely available as both 5 mb MP4 and ProRes 422 MOV downloads.

Summary: "Daisy," sometimes known as "Daisy Girl" or "Peace, Little Girl," is a controversial political advertisement that aired on television during the September 7, 1964 telecast of David and Bathsheba on The NBC Monday Movie. Though only aired once by the campaign of Lyndon B. Johnson, it is considered to be an important factor in Johnson's landslide victory over Barry Goldwater and an important turning point in political and advertising history. It remains one of the most controversial political advertisements ever made.

Schwartz, Tony, and Monique Luiz. Peace, little girl: Daisy political spot. 1964. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .

Audio Recordings - Library of Congress

"Livery Stable Blues" by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, 1917 - Library of CongressThe Library of Congress has over 20,000 audio recordings available online:  interviews, speeches, broadcasts, musical performances, sound effects, and more.  Search within the National Jukebox collection of over 10,000 historical sound recordings, covering the first quarter of the twentieth century, and find music, poetry, political speeches and other spoken word recordings.

Or you can do a broader search of all of the Library's collections with audio recordings.


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