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Columbia, South Carolina
Rescuing Fox Movietone Newsreels
The opening logo for Fox Movietone newsreels. With an NEH grant, the University of South Carolina has made thousands of newsreels available online.  Image courtesy of the University of South Carolina.

The opening logo for Fox Movietone newsreels. With an NEH grant, the University of South Carolina has made thousands of newsreels available online. Image courtesy of the University of South Carolina.

The Fox Movietone News Collection brings together more than 23,000 newsreels from 1919–1934 and 1942–1944. The short, 5-10 minute films feature breaking news and cultural programs, in silent film and in sound. The collection combines newsreels of immense historical value with fascinating glimpses into life and culture during the interwar period and the beginning of World War II. On the collection’s website, viewers can watch the first coverage of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or learn the “Kerb Step,” a popular new dance move in the 1930s. With NEH preservation grants, the University of South Carolina has not only preserved newsreel stories that were held on delicate film strips, it has digitized more than 8,000 of them and published them online, where they can be watched for free.

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