The Library of Congress Uploads Earliest Film Footage to YouTube, And It's Amazing


It used to be, when you thought of libraries, you thought of books. In Boise and across America, that's beginning to change as libraries have become repositories for all media, public meeting spaces and community centers. 

The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been ahead of the curve on this trend, placing many of its vast resources on the web, including a gorgeous collection of early video recordings, many of which are well over a century old. Watch Sioux dancers perform the Ghost Dance in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, Annie Oakley speed shoot targets, and, as if to prove felines and film were made for each other, Prof. Welton's boxing cats: