Since June 2009, the National Archives has made videos available on its YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usnationalarchives.Â We now have 292 videos available, which have been viewed over 160,000 times.Â Most videos are from our archival collections, including some from Presidential Libraries. Other videos represent current lectures & educational events. I will am hope you take some time to explore the videos & let me know your favorites.Â Here are my top ten videos:
10. Fourth of July at the National Archives – Montage. Check out the National Archives float, new logo, and all of the activities at this year’s celebration.
9. We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis – January 25, 2010. This is fascinating discussion with those who were present when Elvis Presley came to the White House on December 21, 1970.
8. Carl Lewis – 1987. This is a powerful short clip from a longer video created by the U.S. Information Agency.
7. Space for Women – 1981. This video features interviews with women and shows the variety of positions they hold at NASA.
6. Who’s Out There – 1975. Orson Welles narrates this NASA video exploring the possibility & implications of extraterrestrial live.
5. Harry S. Truman – The Lobster Story. President Truman tells an amusing campaign story involving a lobster.
4. The March, Part 2 of 3. This video from the U.S. Information Agency is about the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.Â It features folk music & songs of the sixties, and captures the spirit of the protesters.
3. The Story of Gasoline – 1948. This film created by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines features a cartoon carbon atom.
2. Fighting Tools – Private SNAFU. This U.S. Army Signal Corps instructional cartoon was developed in part by Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).Â You’ll notice that Private SNAFU sounds a lot like Bugs Bunny because Mel Blanc used the same voice.
1. Carmencita: Spanish Dance, 03/1894. This is the oldest film in the National Archives motion picture holdings.Â It was filmed by Thomas Edison on a kinetoscope.Â Pretty amazing for 1894!
What are your top ten videos on the National Archives YouTube Channel?