Detroit history archive features recently digitized footage


DETROIT – The Detroit Historical Society says a newly unveiled video history archive features nearly 170 hours of recently digitized film footage.

The archive combines rarely seen items from the Detroit Historical Society collection, including promotional materials for the society and the Detroit Historical Museum. There's also public domain footage such as news reels, amateur footage and home footage.

It also includes the collection of the Detroit's communications department, which was acquired by the Historical Society in 2013.

Staff worked for a year to preserve and digitize the footage, which includes color films of the launch of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Detroit Police Department public service announcements from the early 1970s and footage of some former mayors.

Highlights of the archive are posted online.