Scope & Content: This series consists of the newsreel stories released by Universal Pictures; the last theatrical newsreel released in the United States. One of five major U.S. newsreels, Universal Newsreel was released in theaters from 1929 to 1967. It consisted of edited stories released twice weekly as issues arranged in annual "volumes," averaging ten minutes per issue initially and six or seven minutes in later years with each newsreel containing several stories. In 1978, a fire destoyed nitrate motion picture film of some newsreels (or issues) including most of volumes 14 through 17. Universal disposed of many separate music and narrative soundtracks before donating the Library to the National Archives. The textual records include narration scripts, cameramen's notes, shot lists, release sheets, and materials that documented some of the events covered by the photographers such as sporting event programs, newspaper clippings, and magazine articles.
Access Restriction(s): Unrestricted Use Restriction(s): Restricted - Possibly Specific Use Restriction: Copyright Note: Some or all of this material may be restricted by copyright or other intellectual property right restrictions.
Contact(s): National Archives at College Park - Motion Pictures (RD-DC-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 Phone: 301-837-3540, Fax: 301-837-3620, Email: email@example.com
National Archives Identifier: 100520 Local Identifier: UN-UN