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About Footage Access

Footage Access is a scholarly web portal that provides students and faculty with the much needed ability to easily research, locate, and integrate primary source and archival video content into their work, through a simple click and save, without violating copyright law or university policy.

Unlike other content repositories or individual archives, Footage Access does not limit the use of any content. Inside, researchers find original, raw content, not compilations, that can be reused and shared as often as necessary

Raw Material

In research, context is key. That’s why Footage Access provides the uncut, full-length raw footage. Some video archives only offer compilations and edited selections, leaving out the surrounding nuance that helps the researcher develop a fuller understanding. While a student might choose to only include an abbreviated video clip in a final project, with Footage Access the entire video remains on hand for future use. The raw footage may also contain never-before-seen video that gives a researcher fresh perspective on well-trod territory.

Search and Scan

While students, researchers and educators want access to full-length, unedited footage, too much information can cause a time management headache. All too often, researchers also have the experience of reviewing hours of video only to discover there is nothing useful for the research at hand. Footage Access saves time by linking searchable text transcripts and other helpful discovery tools to the video content. We want research to be a fruitful experience for the scholar, without having to limit the source data.


The video content in Footage Access comes with rich metadata included. A scholarly researcher or a student at any level must be able to explain the authenticity and provenance of any source. Metadata tags are available for location, date, time, filmmaker backgrounds, production details, and more. These tags also help the researcher organize and sort video content when only a particular type of clip is relevant.


Footage Access aims to simplify the process of integrating video material into scholarly work. As a first step, citations are standardized and streamlined. Later, Footage Access will make it easy to edit video clips directly into a presentation or paper.