Associated Press and British Movietone upload 1 million minutes of historical news footage to YouTube

Associated Press has teamed up with newsreel archive British Movietone to upload one million minutes of archived news footage to YouTube, dating from the 1890s to the present day.

Associated Press and newsreel archive British Movietone have uploaded one million minutes of historical news footage to YouTube, dating from 1895 to the present day.

More than 550,000 films have been added to two YouTube channels, AP Archive and British Movietone, spanning historical events, natural disasters and footage of late entertainers from Marilyn Monroe to Charlie Chaplin.

Associated Press says the content is the largest collection of historical news footage to be uploaded to the video sharing site to date, and will be regularly added to, offering “a visual journey of the people and events that have shaped history.”

The announcement follows British Pathe’s decision to upload its entire archive of 85,000 films to YouTube in April last year. The British Library also uploaded one million images from 65,000 books to Flickr in 2013, while the Wellcome Library released 100,000 archived images online in January 2014.

It’s a fascinating collection of content, allowing users to browse and share clips of key moments from the 20th and 21st century. As well as some silliness and light-hearted content – such as a clip of a two-faced cat discovered in 2011 and dog walking machines invented in the 1930s – there is footage from the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941, Emelia Earhart’s first solo trip across the Atlantic in 1932, the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, and interviews with liberated prisoners from Stalag 375 in 1945. Here’s a selection of the latest clips added to the site:

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