Issue #22
Winter 2013 

In this issue...
What's New In The Archive
What's OLD (But Good) In the Archive
Stock Footage Projects Of Note
Historic Films is  the most comprehensive online source for licensing stock, musical performance and entertainment footage.

Welcome to the latest issue of our series of periodic updates & news blurbs concerning all things Historic (Footage, that is!).

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Winter is upon us!  As we continue to acquire new material every month our staff is busy working to bring these collections online for your next research project. 

Please visit us on FACEBOOK to see what's new and keep up to date on all things Historic!  If you have a request for something you would like to see that is funny, odd or just plain hard-to-find, please let us know ..we'd be happy to post!

In the coming months we will continue to showcase many of the collections that Historic Films is proud to own or exclusively represent throughout our 20 year history... Stay tuned and we hope you enjoy!

 What's NEW in the Archive

Soul Street
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The success of Don Cornelius' African American dance party show Soul Train spawned several local imitators. Washington D.C.'s Ebony Affair (1971-1973) was one and Cincinnati had its own; Soul Street!. Hosted by Kenny Smith, Soul Street! survived two seasons and presented performances and interviews with African American artists such as James Brown, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bill Doggett, Carla Thomas, Roberta Flack, The Stylistics, Millie Jackson and many others. Historic Films is proud to offer licensing from this important musical program and has recently restored all of the surviving episodes.    

For licensing inquiries please  contact our research staff

What's NEW in Production

Hootenanny 963 
Marion Williams performs "Packin' Up"
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Historic Films Joe Lauro has directed a one hour WNET program featuring the great artists of the 1960s folk music revival. Rare performances by Judy Collins, Johnny Cash, Theodore Bikel, The New Christy Minstrels, Marion Williams and the Stars of Faith and many others all pulled from the surviving kinescopes of the legendary Hootenanny! television program (1962-1964). These performances will be featured in this one hour pledge special for WNET which will air on selected PBS stations.  
What's OLD (But Good) in the Archive

Our Seasonal Showcase of Historic Films Collections, hand-picked by our researchers...

SOUNDSTAGE (1974- 1985)  

Sound Stage


 Historic Films has recently renewed its agreement with Chicago's WTTW to offer clip licensing on the legendary live music series Soundstage. Dynamic performances by legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce, B.B. King, Harry Chapin, Muddy Waters, The Bee Gees, Bonnie and many others, from over 135 shows, have been digitized and are now available for licensing.  


 For licensing inquiries please  contact our research staff   

Members of ACSIL

                             Stock Footage Projects Of Note

Historic Films has recently made important stock footage contributions to the following productions:

Unsung: Isaac Hayes- A. Smith & Co. Properties
The Eagles- Jigsaw Productions       
An Evening With Berry Gordy- The Historymakers
I Love The 1880s- Diga Vision
Oprah's Next Chapter: David Letterman- Harpo Productions 
Impact Media Summit

Look for Historic Films at the Impact Media Summit January 24-25.   Drop by to say hello.

To set up a time to meet with one of our representatives at the conference, please write to our Sales Director, Mark Heidemann (

See you there!

About Us

Historic Films holds an extensive library of databased, copyright cleared and digitized stock footage from 1896-1990.

Our archive contains over 30,000 different musical performances (1925-2000), drawn from the many programs and libraries owned and represented by Historic Films. Historic Films is also a leading source for archival (1895-1990) stock shots, with over 20,000 hours of copyright cleared and fully logged material, encompassing virtually every subject imaginable.

Our stock image searchable online database, online compilation reels and informed staff will make your film research fast, painless and affordable.

Contact our Sales Department at:

Be sure to contact HISTORIC FILMS for all of your archival stock footage needs. The footage you need is just a few mouse clicks away.

Joe Lauro
President / CEO