I'm producing a series of life story interviews with older people in their 80's and 90's and would like to incorporate some stock footage and photos from various periods during their lives, so anything from the 1920's to the present. I've got lots of royalty free music but need some stock footage. Suggestions?
archive.org in general has a ton of stuff. They have "The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots" video I've been seeking (depicts the first ever special effect and is believed to be the first film to use professional actors), but the quality is too low to include in a video.
Here's the Library of Congress site for Movies, TV, sound:
I would go with Getty, though as LOC doesn't make copies or act as a stock agency. Getty is your best bet, but check all the other stock agencies, too. You are looking for "historical," "archive," possibly "black & white," or something along those lines. What, specifically, are you looking for?
One more thing, footage from 1923 and earlier is generally considered "public domain," but I strongly suggest purchasing from a stock agency as they will take the brunt of the damage (just to mitigate risk). Also, I'm no lawyer and you should talk to one before using footage that ain't yours... I'm sure you've heard the drill. ;)
Thanks for the advice and no way would I use footage without making sure it's licensed. I've been at this a long time and have a large collection of "royalty free" music for my productions, but strangely this is the first time I have needed to seriously look at stock footage.