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My Top Ten YouTube Videos

Since June 2009, the National Archives has made videos available on its YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usnationalarchives.  We now have 292 videos available, which have been viewed over 160,000 times.  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.  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.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/HTTkg9_4bo4&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

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.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/ZaMyHw6NeXo&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

8. Carl Lewis – 1987. This is a powerful short clip from a longer video created by the U.S. Information Agency.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/PfplaajL_T8&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

7. Space for Women – 1981. This video features interviews with women and shows the variety of positions they hold at NASA.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/LgQscL-ialg&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

6. Who’s Out There – 1975. Orson Welles narrates this NASA video exploring the possibility & implications of extraterrestrial live.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/CPkg_sJn2rU&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

5. Harry S. Truman – The Lobster Story. President Truman tells an amusing campaign story involving a lobster.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/5kCQ4NIeoEU&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

4. The March, Part 2 of 3. This video from the U.S. Information Agency is about the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.  It features folk music & songs of the sixties, and captures the spirit of the protesters.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/9otXGSWLZ6Y&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

3. The Story of Gasoline – 1948. This film created by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Mines features a cartoon carbon atom.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/ELBJKXdW9_c&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

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).  You’ll notice that Private SNAFU sounds a lot like Bugs Bunny because Mel Blanc used the same voice.
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/BFu8VjGdQZk&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

1. Carmencita: Spanish Dance, 03/1894. This is the oldest film in the National Archives motion picture holdings.  It was filmed by Thomas Edison on a kinetoscope.  Pretty amazing for 1894!
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/rPCo3WmJplE&hl=en_US&fs=1?rel=0

What are your top ten videos on the National Archives YouTube Channel?

Source: aotus.blogs.archives.gov

Updated: July 14, 2010 — 2:24 pm

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