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WWII Propaganda Films and IU

Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive has curated this exhibit of government-produced educational, propaganda, and training films from its archival collection of war-era 16mm film prints. 

Over 200 of these war-era films have been digitized by IULMIA and are available for streaming viewing. All films in the WWII Propaganda Films and IU exhibit are here organized into topical categories for browsing and viewing. 

All Digitized War-Era Films Organized By Category:

National Educational Television Titles at IU

Description about NET films

World War II Propaganda Films and IU: Audio-Visual Production, Distribution, and Education

Click Here to View All Digitized War-Era Films, Organized by Category

In the face of unprecedented demands for training millions of men and women to win a war in the most effective way in the shortest possible time, the armed forces and other war-training and morale-building agencies turned to motion pictures with unquestioning faith in their teaching values. During the years immediately preceding and throughout World War II, thousands of motion pictures were made and used on a scale which, in comparison to total possible audiences, exceeded the pre-war use of films both in entertainment and education.

Charles F. Hoban Movies That Teach 

Government produced films acquired and deposited at Indiana University during the World War II era form a core part of the film collections at the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA). This online exhibit is curated from IULMIA's collections and the Indiana University Extension Division’s 1943 War Films Bulletin listing propaganda, educational, and training film distributed as part of the University’s mobilization to serve Indiana and the nation during wartime.

USDA Film Still

This exhibit was first released June 6, 2014, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, highlighting the role of I.U.’s Bureau of Audio-Visual Aids and educational film libraries in distributing these War-era films to domestic audiences of school and community groups. During the the war, government and industry relied heavily on 16mm films for the dissemination of War Information to citizens, made possible by the increased availability of 16mm sound film projectors and the proliferation of audiovisual libraries to distribute these films. Portable exhibition of the smaller 16mm format turned the classroom, 4H meeting, fraternal order, church, or factory floor into the setting in which these film prints from I.U. were screened.

The 2015 expansion of the exhibit emphasizes the scope of wartime filmmaking beyond the battlefield and military films that brought news of the war home. Because civilians were the primary audience for films distributed by I.U., subjects concerning domestic life and economy, agriculture and natural resource management, workplace training, and the cultures of the allied nations are especially prevalent in IULMIA’s war era film collections.

84 archival films added to the exhibit in 2015 have been digitized in high definition, combined with the 117 film digitized in standard definition in 2014 to provide streaming access to over 200 War-era films from IULMIA’s collections.

To view a selection recently digitized war-era films organized into new exhibit pages, click on the links below:

Moving Image Preservation Class Exhibit

The films available through this exhibit showcase the digitization work of students from the Introduction to Moving Images Preservation class of Spring 2015.

Each student chose a film or video from the Indiana University Library Moving Images Archives and prepared it for online exhibition over the course of the semester.  Research, digital preservation, historical context and conservation techniques were discussed and evaluated.  This exhibit was created in order to showcase the films and research.

film lab list

List of photochemical film labs

The Crowd

A monthly calendar devoted to Bloomington film cultures.

Herman B Wells Home Movies: Presented by University Archives and the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive

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Presented by the University Archives with the assistance of the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive.

Herman B Wells, Indiana University President from 1937-1962, is remembered for his friendly demeanor, his desire to form meaningful connections with students, and his crucial role in realizing change for the University. He loved to travel, and he often used his time abroad to recruit international faculty and students. Domestically, his fierce promotion of academic freedom attracted professors from all over the country. At the local level, with the help of like-minded students, he cracked down on discrimination during his time as President, desegregating housing and dining on campus and promoting the recruitment of nonwhite athletes; these actions had ripple effects in lessening discrimination in downtown Bloomington as well. It is due in large part to his efforts that IU became recognized as a top-tier public university. 

This collection contains twenty-three home movies filmed by Wells between the late 1930s and early 1950s. The films provide a kind of insight into Wells' life that even his detailed autobiography, Being Lucky, did not. Although his written reflections upon his career at Indiana University are of course extremely valuable, the visual record he left behind should not be perceived as any less valuable. Nonwritten sources add depth of understanding to a historical narrative. Wells' films can be thought of as a different type of autobiography, one that details his personal, rather than solely his professional, interests. What he deemed worth capturing helps us better understand him as a person and gives us more information about the motives behind his professional decisions. 

Wells was very interested in the people and the culture of every place he visited. Much of his footage depicts the ordinary citizenry conducting their everyday affairs. He also appears to have enjoyed the natural world immensely, as indicated by his frequent focus on the mountains, rivers, lakes, plants, and animals of the particular place he was in. There are also numerous shots of the local architecture in most of the places he chose to record; one may therefore conclude that this was of interest to him, too. And then there is his evident love for his family. His mother was often his traveling companion, and as a result, she appears in many of his films. Wells' home movies provide further evidence of his people-focused personality and cultural and scientific curiosity, and help to further explain his desire to hire more international faculty, promote study abroad programs, encourage academic freedom, and create an inclusive campus community during his time as University President. Click on any of the section headings to the right to access the digitized home movies by category.

Further readings

Capshew, James H. Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. 

Wells, Herman B. Being Lucky. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.

Clio Awards Collection

The Clio Awards is known as advertising's equivalent of the Academy Awards. This international awards competition celebrates achievement in advertising and creative business. The Clio Awards were founded in 1959 by Wallace A. Ross, and named for the Greek goddess Clio, the mythological muse of history. 

The Clios were first awarded for television advertising in the 1960s, but later expanded to include international work on television, movies, and raido ads. 

In the 1970s, the Clios were acquired by Bill Evans. By the 1980s, the Clios had further expanded to print advertising, international radio advertising, international packaging design, U.S. specialty advertising, and U.S. cable advertising. 

In the 1990s, the Clio Enterprises filed for bankruptcy, and the company was sold. 

In the spring of 2017, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive acquired the Clio entires from the 1960s through the early 1990s. The collection includes thousands of reels of ads spanning 30 years and hundreds of categories. The Moving Image Archive is currently processing this collection, but as a preview we have digitized a selection of ads from the 1960s and 70s. 

FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Historical Audiotapes

The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) historical audio tapes which document the history of the film archive global community have been digitized for preservation purposes and are available now to listen to.  The tapes document the FIAF Congresses and Executive Committee meetings, dating from 1975-1997. Those dating 25 years or older are now accessible and over time, more recordings will be made available when they become 25 years or older. These audio recordings document the developments and guiding history of film archives’ standards and philosophy and hence a portion of the field of film preservation. These tapes will be a remarkable resource looking at the field and the evolution of the film archive movement.

Since 2017, Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, a FIAF Member, is the archival home of the original tapes which are now stored in IU’s Auxiliary Library Facility vault at 50° F and 30% RH where they will be preserved for many years. And the newly digitized files, kept both in IU’s data storage repositories and on hard drives in FIAF’s Brussels office, will serve as access and digital preservation copies.

As of July 2017, IULMIA has digitized 31 ¼” audio tapes and 372 audio cassette tapes and the remaining 274 tapes will be digitized in the coming months.