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Film & Video


The Eisenhower Presidential Library motion picture film archives consist of 767,700 feet of motion picture film. The largest portion of the motion picture holdings covering the presidential years was given to the President by national network television companies. The Library also has a number of documentary films relating to World War II, as well as original film footage covering such subjects as the surrender of the Italian fleet at Malta and German surrender films.

Although the Library cannot loan film, non-broadcast quality reproductions are available for purchase. Non-broadcast quality transfers produced in-house might contain a visible flicker, but may be acceptable for study, classroom, preview or home viewing purposes. Please refer to the fee schedule for reproduction charges; prepayment is required. Broadcast quality reproductions, those meeting FCC standards, may be purchased from the current contract vendor secured by the Library. Ordering information is available upon request.

Film copies of presidential speeches in the Eisenhower Presidential Library are subject to network copyrights. Researchers may acquire copies of these films, but use of the copyrighted materials is restricted to private study and "fair use" in scholarship and research under copyright law. Audiovisual researchers must obtain permission from the copyright holder to broadcast, publish or display materials, deposit them in other institutions, or reproduce additional copies. It is solely the researcher's responsibility to obtain all necessary copyright permissions prior to any use of these materials. The Library will provide what contact information it can, upon request. All other copyrighted films require written releases from the copyright owners prior to any duplication.