Sponsored and industrial motion picture film collection

About this collection

‘Sponsored film’ defines a variety of motion picture productions funded by businesses, organizations, or governments that dictated the point of view, audience, and intent of the film. Industrial or business films are a sub-genre of sponsored films with content that marketed products and ideas, touted a particular company or industry, trained employees, and explained manufacturing or transactional processes around the creation and sales of products and ideas.

    The Sponsored and industrial motion picture film collection at Hagley is an artificial collection compiled by curators that includes single motion picture films or small sets of films acquired via purchase or donation. This collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For more information and a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the finding aid.
    Image: Still from "Fountain of Happiness" sponsored by the Weber Dental Manufacturing Company, circa 1950.

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Honda Commercials
Five commercials for Honda Automobile.
Diesel-Electric D.C. Drive Destroyer Escorts, Part 2: Normal Operation
United States Navy training film for destroyer escort engine and motor room personnel during World War II. Educates the viewer on diesel–electric transmission systems and standard operating procedures for a ship's electric propulsion equipment. Produced under the supervision of the Bureau of Aeronautics for the Bureau of Ships.
Discovering Electronic Music
A film that shows the physical basis of music and how it is created and altered by electronic means using synthesizers imitating musical instruments and computer-controlled music and composition created with a computer. Directed by Bernard Willets. Interviews with F.R. Moore from Bell Telephone Labs; Gerald Strang from UCLA; Copyright Bailey Film Associates.
Coal People: A Century of Pride
Film promoting coal as a reliable, inexpensive, and abundant energy source in the United States. Celebrates all aspects of the anthracite coal industry, focusing primarily on the thousands of workers who ensure it runs smoothly, including miners, machine operators, engineers, geologists, and more.
Agriculture in the Ohio Heritage: Farming Under Glass
Film exploring the greenhouse farming industry in Ohio. Details how farmers are able to grow, harvest, and sell fresh produce regardless of the weather or season.
Steel at the Crossroads: The American Steel Industry in the 1980s
Film asks whether the steel industry will survive the 1980s.
Ancient Man in the Ohio Heritage
Film celebrating the Ohio Historical Society and its contributions to the knowledge of ancient humans of North America. Highlights the Adena and Hopewell people, presents artifacts discovered on archaeological digs, and show an expedition to a prehistoric gravesite lead by the Ohio Historical Society.
Heritage of the Lake
Film highlighting the resources provided by Great Lakes of North America, concentrating on the gigantic, low cost transportation system that links Ohio and other Midwest states to the seaways of the world. Contains numerous shots of various cargo ships and an animated demonstration of how the Soo Locks of Lake Superior functions. Part of The Ohio Heritage series.
A Look at Off-Premise Merchandising
Presented by the Sales Training Department. Covers the off-premise market, selling displays, merchandising and point of sale materials.
The 747
A film presentation of the new Boeing 747 commercial aircraft, the development of which was instigated by Pan Am. Provides an overview of the aircraft's state-of-the-art design and technology, as well as a preview of Pan Am's new terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
The Power of Super 16
Film exploring the benefits of using super 16mm film in motion picture production. Argues that film is superior to video as a medium for capturing moving images. Features various directors, producers, cinematographers, and other filmmakers, including Rune Ericson, Jean Pierre Beauviala, Andrew Dunn, Katja von Garnier, Ewa Karlström, Peter Langsdale, and Maurice Olivier. A UK production.
Born to Learn
Promotional film for the Bell & Howell Language Master System, an educational tool to help students learn new vocabulary and proper word pronunciation. The "system" is comprised of a series of cards with a magnetic strip at the bottom and a written word or picture at the top. When a student inserts a card into a Bell & Howell machine reader, the reader recites the word for the student.
A Story of Coffee
Film documenting coffee production in southern Brazil. Details how Brazilian coffee is planted, tended, harvested, processed, tasted, packaged, shipped, and then sold in the United States.
Proved! The Story of General Motors Proving Ground
Film exploring the development of the General Motors "Proving Ground," an enclosed twelve hundred and sixty acre automobile testing facility in Milford, Michigan. Shows the construction of the facility and speed loop course, as well as GM drivers testing automobiles over various terrain during all types of weather.
The New Yorker Special
Film celebrating the art of guitar making, featuring New York jazz musician and luthier James "Jimmy" D'Aquisto. Shows footage of D'Aquisto building a guitar as he speaks about his personal journey to becoming an instrument manufacturer, including his time as an apprentice to legendary guitar maker John D'Angelico. D'Aquisto also details about how he builds his instruments and explains the structure of an acoustic guitar. Film ends with jazz musician Jim Hall performing with one of D'Aquisto's guitars.
Agricultural machines work print footage
Silent work print footage of an agricultural machinery fair. Shows attendees testing various tractors, ploughs, combines, tillers, and more. Also includes footage of a milking machine, a man testing soil, and a working farm.
Aircraft in Forest Fire Control
An in-depth look at how aircraft, and the people who fly them, help to prevent and fight fires in Canada's forests. Planes can assess fire risk from overhead, spot fires at early stages, drop fire-retardant chemicals in dry areas, transport firefighters and equipment into remote areas, and deliver water from nearby lakes. Produced in cooperation with the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests and the Forest Protection Service of Quebec, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.