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Vintage Educational Films

Vintage Educational Films
This collection features vintage educational films from a variety of sources. Films intended for educational purposes are an enormous, often neglected part of the twentieth century media landscape. Archived here are corporate and government sponsored films; classroom academic films instructing students in science and the humanities, and classroom guidance films on sex education, manners, and morality; military training films; medical films aimed at the public or at health practitioners; religious conversion films; and a host of others, too many to fully enumerate. Educational films were shown to audiences of all ages, though they were typically produced with a specific age group and instructional purpose in mind. Many were accompanied by study or discussion guides used to facilitate post-screening discussions. They were viewed in an array of contexts, most often in schools and universities, churches, libraries, museums, social clubs, and the military. Taken collectively, these materials played a key role in shaping the citizenry of a generation. Our purpose in collecting these films on the Internet Archive is to allow increased access to an important part of twentieth century film history.
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