Obtaining Copies of American Memory Film Collection Materials
The films in the American Memory
Collection have been copied onto videotape masters and are available
for duplication through the Public Services Office of the M/B/RS
division [phone 202 707-5623 or 202 707-0246 and fax 202
707-2371]. 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 videotape copies of films from the American Memories
Early Motion Pictures collection, follow this procedure:
- Look up the Videotape Masters to identify
the particular videotape master(s) on which your selection(s)
- Refer to the Videotape Transfer
Rates schedule to review the various formats and
- Download and print the REQUEST
TO COPY FILM AND VIDEOTAPE IN LC COLLECTIONS Order
Form. (Requires the Adobe Acrobat
- Complete the Order Form and return it along with your
payment by check made out to Library of Congress,
MBRS Division or money order in U.S. dollars to:
(Rush orders should be sent via Fedex,
DHL, UPS, or other courier)
Library of Congress
Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division
Public Services Office
101 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20540-4690
(Note: International orders require payment by check drawn
on a U.S. bank or International Money Order in U.S. dollars.)
The turn-around time for Standard Service is typically
4 to 6 weeks. Rush Service guarantees that your order will
be completed within 7 working days. The turn-around time for either
service begins only when payment has been received.
Shipping costs must be paid by the customer. All materials
are sent via a freight courier. Please include your Federal Express,
DHL, UPS, or other courier account number in the box titled Special
Shipping Instructions on the Order Form. For further information,
contact the Public Service Office at the phone number listed above.
If you have any questions specifically regarding this ordering
procedure, please browse the Frequently Asked Questions or
contact the Public Services Office.
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 videotape 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.
- May I pay for my order with a credit card?
At this time the Public Services Office does not accept credit
cards. Payment in the form of cash, check, or money order is
accepted. Payment for international orders by check in U.S.
dollars drawn from a U.S. bank, or international money order
in U.S. dollars is accepted. Purchase orders will not be accepted.
Please note that your order will not be processed until payment
is received in the Public Services Office.
- 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.