Since 1991, HISTORIC FILMS ARCHIVE, LLC. has provided hundreds of thousands of clips to award winning documentaries, television programs, feature films, and television commercials. Our footage also appears in some of the world's finest museums and Broadway shows.
We are proud to offer an extraordinary pristine film library of footage shot between 1930-1955 of American cities and rural landscapes. The footage was photographed as establishing shots and "back plate" filmography for use in golden era Hollywood films and short subjects.
All footage was shot by top Hollywood cinematographers working in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and many other urban locations. The vintage cityscapes include extended stationary shots of famous street corners, restaurants and bustling department stores. It offers an amazing "slice of life" of the times.
The library also includes hours of Hollywood Westerns outtake scenes (cattle stampedes, Calvary charges, stage coach chases, establishing shots of rural towns etc.) as well as rehearsals and outtakes of musical productions. A favorite highlight is a screen test of Rita Hayworth's LEGS!!
All shot in 35mm, the pristine nitrate negatives have been expertly transferred in high definition. The collection has been digitized and logged and is now available for licensing from historicfilms.com.
HISTORIC'S world renowned library of musical performance and entertainment footage spans a century and contains over 45,000 individual performances from over 35 different important television networks and programs; from Elvis Presley's first ever TV appearances to recent concert performances by Rhiana, Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse... every genre of American music, from the jazz of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday, the blues of Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, B.B. King and Bonnie Rait, the country music of Hank Williams, Garth Brooks, Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn, the gospel of Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharp and James Cleveland to the contemporary rap of Snoop Dogg is represented in our library.