Since its establishment in 1848 as the first large free municipal library in the United States, the Boston Public Library has remained a research and education mecca for both the immediate Boston community and students, researchers, and visitors who come from far beyond. A selection of 16mm films that once formed their circulating collection can now be found here, at the Harvard Film Archive. The 1576 films in the collection date from 1800 to the early 2000’s, and range from Rossellini’s 1948 Paisan to experimental and silent films made for educational purposes. – Wen Zhuang
A list of titles from the collection cataloged in the Harvard Library catalog can be found here.