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CustomFlix Opening National Archives

31 Jul, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Amazon.com's CustomFlix debuts on-demand content from the National Archives.

CustomFlix Labs, the on-demand DVD service owned by Amazon.com, July 30 said it would make available thousands of historic films from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Founded in 1934, the National Archives is an independent federal agency designed to safeguard American democracy through the preservation of government documents, records, motion pictures, documentaries, newsreels, instructional films, combat footage and R&D films.

National Archive footage available for on-demand DVD production includes newsreels from 1920 to 1967 covering politics, entertainment, fashion, sports, technology and historical moments.

Notable events include the 1960 Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy debate, the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the end of World War II and the royal wedding of Princess Margaret.

Allen Weinstein, archivist of the United States, said the non-exclusive partnership between the National Archives and CustomFlix will bring greater awareness of the archives and allow users easier access than traveling to the Washington, D.C. area.

“This is an important contribution to our preservation program,” Weinstein said.

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