Archival Films

Prelinger Archives

London, 1918 Versus Today

Rare footage offers a glimpse of the city right after World War I. Compare those with sleek aerial footage from today.

NASA

San Francisco's 1971 Earthquake, the Educational Video

Groovy NASA archival film explains how any why earthquakes affect the Bay Area the way they do

Prelinger Archives

1930s Film on Building the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Ever wonder what it took to build the Bay Bridge? This 1936 film produced by U.S. Steel celebrates the engineering of the structure

When We Were Still Getting Used to Traffic Lights

An archival film from 1937 explains how automatic traffic signals worked in different cities across the country

Detroit: City on the Move

A 1965 promotional film for Detroit reminds us how far the city fell behind