MPI video in eLibrary offers historical perspective

This 1973 clip chronicles the fashion “craze” of the platform shoe and warns of the shoe’s dangers to the feet and legs.

There are over 2800 video clips representing daily life and great events from throughout the 20th century in eLibrary and eLibrary Curriculum Edtion. These videos, distributed by MPI Media Group, incorporate clips from the WPA Film Library Archive and the British Pathe Newreel Archive, among other providers. The topics of these mostly two to three minute clips run the gamut, from world affairs and government to fashion, sports and the arts. Clips range from the hilariously campy to the poignantly affecting. They include newsreels, music videos, commercials and even home movies and silent films.

MPI videos are just one of a number of providers of video found in eLibrary’s multimedia vault, totally nearly 18,000 video and audio clips, with more added all the time. These clips are ideal for incorporation into student projects that require:

  • primary sources,
  • representations of daily life in the past and
  • an understanding of media representations of gender, race and class in the recent past.

To browse through an alphabetical listing of MPI clips, simply follow the Publications tab in eLibrary and search for MPI.

Larry Wilkner

Larry Wilkner

Larry Wilkner is Product Manager Lead at ProQuest. He oversees product management responsibilities for the eLibrary and CultureGrams product families. He’s been with ProQuest since 1996, serving in a number of editorial and publishing roles. He has an M.A. in Latin American History from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and taught for five years as an Adjunct Professor at Broward College. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife, Rebecca.
Larry Wilkner

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