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National Archives Launches its YouTube Channel

I recently blogged about the Library of Congress moving its media in a 2.0 direction.

Now, just in time to mark its 75th anniversary, the National Archives launches its own YouTube Channel. The goal is to highlight upcoming events and showcase film holdings.

Right now, the channel features only 17 videos. The plan is to roll out a new film each week on one or more of the channel’s playlists:

  • Favorite Things – What’s at Your Presidential Libraries? (4 Videos) Directors from the Presidential Libraries discuss their ‘favorite things’ from their collections. From Air Force One to a staircase from an abandoned CIA safe house. 
  • With over 44 locations across the country — from Presidential Libraries to Federal Records Centers and Regional Archives — the National Archives family is larger than you’d think.

  • From the Archives to the Moon ( 3 Videos) This video playlist features footage from the start of the space race through the landing of a man on the moon.
  • On Now at the National Archives (2 Videos) Footage highlighting current or upcoming events from the National Archives and its Family members.
  • Tracing World War II: (3 Videos) Released in chronological order, these War Department reels follow American progress through World War II from the bombing at Pearl Harbor to Armistice.
  • Touring 1930s America: (3 Videos) Combining well-crafted, first-hand accounts from the Great Depression and sweeping footage from the Department of Interior taken in the 1930s, this playlist guides viewers through Depression-era America.

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Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Suzanne Romero says:

    I’m glad to see the Archives moving in the right direction. They have some great resources and it will be nice to use some of these videos. My school has done many videoconferences with the Archives and they are always interesting and informative.

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