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Discover 100 Years of History in the Pond5 Archival Collection


Expertly curated by international historians, the 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 archival footage spanning the 20th century, from major global events to authentic scenes of everyday life.

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 Footage 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.

Apollo lunar rover on the moon.

Newsreel feature: History of Flight – Amelia Earhart and WWII.

1930s: Baby human and baby chimpanzee sit next to each other.

1980s: Space shuttle takes off from launch pad.

Teddy Roosevelt conversing with military officers in 1918.

1970s: Yellow taxis driving in New York City.

1960s: Protesters jump on and rock a car, as the police riot unit starts approaching.

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:

Space Collection

Cities Collection

Archival footage

We’ll continue to expand this collection, so check back for more amazing historical and Editorial footage. In the meantime, let us know what your favorite archival finds are in the comments below!

Top image: Still from Marilyn Monroe USO South Korea Tour 1954, Clip 3 from BuyoutFootage