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  • Experimental Television Center  
    The website for the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York, provides basic information on the Center's founding and history, as well as information on grants and residencies. Another resource is the ETC's Video History Project, which aims to document and research video art and community television in urban as well as rural communities across the United States.
  • Eyes of a Generation  
    This "virtual museum" created by Bobby Ellerbee and J.R. Smith includes photographs of TV cameras and broadcast equipment from private collections, technical information, historical background, and discussion forums.
  • Fifty Years of Coca-Cola Television Advertisements  
    This online exhibit features a 50-year retrospective of Coca-Cola television advertising. Users can view the advertisements and read about the history of television advertising in general and the marketing of Coca-Cola in particular. The site also offers a bibliography and a guide to the collection at the Library of Congress.
  • Films From the Home Front  
    An online exhibit of moving images from WWII Britain. Published by Moving History UK.
  • Freeze Frame: Eadweard Muybridge's Photography of Motion  
    An online exhibit examining the work of film pioneer Eadweard Muybridge.
  • From Nanook to Oumigmag: Documentary Film in Canada  
    A curated exhibit (by the Cinematheque Quebecois) about Canadian documentary film. Features a timeline of notable events in Canadian documentary filmmaking, biographies of directors, profiles of companies that have produced documentaries, information on common recording equipment and processes, and a guide to the topics Canadian documentaries most often cover. Also features posters and some video clips. In English and French.
  • Grace Street Theater: Seventy Years of Film and Dance  
    A richly documented history of one theater in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Harappa Film Archive  
    This site hosts a collection of archival film from South Asia, with a particular focus on the Indian and Pakistani independence struggles and the early history of Pakistan. View short excerpts on the site or contact the archive to purchase a video transfer of any of this rare material.
  • History in Motion  
    This site features clips from newsreels, early documentary films, and early narrative films such as The Great Train Robbery. Browse clips by topic, title, and date. History in Motion is the moving image section of Eyewitness to History, a site that compiles photos, first person accounts, and other historical primary sources for students. The film section focuses primarily on American history.
  • iFilm Connections: Asia & Pacific  
    Established in 1995, this site features a continuous online film festival with free streaming of feature-length independent films from Asia and the Pacific Islands. Other resources include profiles and filmographies of filmmakers and overviews of national or regional cinemas.
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Archive  
    Archive of television and radio programs that can be viewed online. In Farsi.
  • Katherine Dunham's Living Legacy  
    An online exhibit curated by the Missouri Historical Society examining the life of dancer, anthropologist, and filmmaker Katherine Dunham. The film section features a full filmography, a short essay, and stills from Dunham's movies.
  • Living Room Candidate  
    The site is an exhibition presented by Museum of the Moving Image, featuring more than 250 campaign commercials from every presidential election since 1952.
  • London Transit Museum Film Collection  
    This site features streaming video of and background information about the films in the London Transit Museum collection, which covers the period from 1910 to 1970 and is best known for documentaries made by British Transport Films in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Machinima Archive  
    A regularly updated archive dedicated to preserving machinima works. Browse the list of available works by keyword and the name of the video game from which the film was made.
  • Magic Lanterns, Magic Mirrors: A Centennial Salute  
    A selection of early equipment, posters, and photographs documenting the advent and very early years of motion pictures.
  • Mandel Sprachman: Movie Theaters in Canada  
    An online exhibit about the building and restoration of notable movie theaters in Toronto.
  • Mississippi Matinee: An Exhibition of the State and the Silver Screen  
    An online exhibit exploring the history of filmmaking in Mississippi.
  • Modern Jewry and the Arts  
    An online exhibit examining Jews' involvement in the arts, including film.
  • Moving Image Collection Catalog  
    The Museum of the Moving Image's collection contains artifacts from every stage of producing, promoting, and exhibiting motion pictures, television, and digital media -- currently more than 130,000 objects. Holdings include licensed merchandise, technical apparatus, still photographs, production design materials, costumes, fan magazines, publicity materials, and video and computer games. The online catalog currently contains over 4,000 silent-era and licensed merchandise entries.