Obtaining Copies of American Memory Film Collection Materials
The films in the American Memory
Collection have been copied onto videotape masters. This material is not copyright protected or donor restricted.
run from 8 to 66 minutes. Either the first thirty minutes or the
entire videotape master may be copied; particular titles or the
last half of a tape cannot be ordered. Costs vary depending on
videotape format and duration of material copied. If you would
like to obtain copies of films from the American Memory
Collection, contact the reference staff or see these guidelines.
Below are lists of American Memory moving image titles by collection.
When you locate the title(s) you wish to have duplicated, be sure
to note the name and number of the videotape master, and whether
or not the title(s) falls on the first thirty minutes of the tape.
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- Can I order particular titles or do I have to buy the whole
You may order duplications of either the first thirty minutes
of a videotape master or of the entire videotape master. Editing
out particular titles or copying the last half of a videotape
master is not an available option. Refer to the Videotape
Masters to determine whether the particular title(s) you
want falls within the first thirty minutes of the videotape
- How much do copies cost?
Duplication costs vary depending on videotape format and
duration of the material copied. Refer to the Videotape Transfer Rates schedule to calculate duplication
costs. Transfer rates ascend in 30 minute increments. In other
words, you would be charged the rate of a 60 minute transfer
for a duplication that actually has only 50 minutes of material.
- Can I order more than one videotape master of various shorter
lengths so that I have the masters dubbed on one longer videotape
Our prices are individual and tapes are made on a one-to-one
basis. Our policy is to make one videotape dub from one videotape
- Has the original material been altered on the videotape
The films have been speed corrected to accurately reflect
natural motion, as they would have been filmed and projected
at the time they were made. Also, the New York, San Francisco,
and President McKinley films (videotape masters 19 through
24) have been incorporated with black matting to ensure that
the entire video image will be present on your video screen.
- Can I order duplications of films and/or videos from all
of the Collections of the Library of Congress?
Material deposited by claimants of copyright comprise the
largest part of the film and television collection of the Motion
Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound division at the Library
of Congress. In many cases, the copyright owner is the appropriate
source for obtaining duplicated footage.