The “Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction.
The Google Art Project just launched this week. You can “tour” galleries and zoom in on specific works – getting close enough to see cracks and texture in paint, among other things. Supplemental information includes videos, viewing notes, and artist information for artwork featured. Users are able to create a “collection” of work, add their own comments, and share collections.