The AP Releases Thousands of Archived Videos on YouTube

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History buffs and information junkies alike have reason to rejoice: the Associated Press has released thousands of archived newsreel clips on YouTube.

Videos "from 1895 to tomorrow," as AP says in their introductory video, are in the process of being uploaded to YouTube. This project is being realized with the help of British Movietone, a group that was called "one of the world's most comprehensive newsreel archives" by the AP in a press release.

The project includes over 550,000 clips that amount to over a million minutes of video. Already released is footage from the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, the clashes in Cairo in 2011, shots of Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth opening London Bridge, and dozens of sporting events.

According to the press release, "content on the channels will also include surprising videos from different regions across the UK, fashion through the ages, sporting coups, entertainment, extreme weather, technological innovations, the evolution of eating and drinking habits, political milestones and historical moments." While no end date is given for when the older videos will be uploaded, the channels will be constantly updated with new clips as they come in.

You can check out the videos on the YouTube channels for both the Associated Press and British Movietone.

Watch the Associated Press Archive's welcome video below.