Expertly curated by international historians, the new Pond5 Archival Collection is one of the most comprehensive video libraries of historical moments and everyday life from the past 100 years. The largest royalty-free collection of its kind, it includes rare footage spanning the 20th century, from major global events to authentic scenes of everyday life.
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Highlights from the collection include stunning footage of World War II, the Space Race, and the 20th century’s most important world leaders. You’ll also discover rare home-video footage of daily life and activities from throughout the decades — much of which is now exclusive to Pond5.
This unique content has all been digitally converted and restored using professional film-conversion techniques, with the majority now available in HD format. Plus, all video in the Pond5 Archival Collection is available with a simple royalty-free license featuring worldwide usage in perpetuity.
History on Demand
Check out some highlights from the collection below, then explore the full Archival library for much, much more.
Curated Archival Collections
We also put together some specially themed collections from the Archival library, which you can explore by clicking on the images below:
We’ll be continuing to expand this collection, so keep an eye out for more amazing historical footage in the future. In the meantime, let us know what your favorite archival finds are in the comments below!