Industrial Films

Produced for companies, organizations, and the government, industrial movies were most often used to address internal training and safety needs. Sometimes strange, sometimes highly creative, many lost and neglected industrial movies are once again coming to light. Industrial movies record an underdocumented aspect of society, reminding us in fresh ways of just how important and complex our work lives can sometimes be.

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Your Two Cents Worth (1971)
Industrial film weighing the benefits of space exploration against its cost to the American taxpayer
Yount-Manion Films - Beaumont Oil Fields in the 1920s
Footage of 1920s Beaumont oil fields and the South Texas State Fair Grounds
With Cat Diesel Power, The Choice Is Yours
This promotional film educates drivers on repair options for their CAT diesel engines.
Windows in Time (1980)
Industrial film for the Electric Research Power Institute describing the development of energy technologies
Why Lignite
Produced by Bill Stokes Associates for Dallas Power and Light Company, Texas Electric Service Company, an...
Vision in Military Aviation (1962)
Film educating pilots on eye function and physiology and how to use this knowledge to optimize vision per...
Value: More Than a Word (1983)
Industrial film for the Caterpillar Tractor Co. advertising the durability and quality of its replacement...
Tupperware - Ultra 21: The Beginning (1984)
Industrial film covering Tupperware’s cookware line that could be used in the freezer, refrigerator, micr...
The Winning Team (c. 1953)
Training film promoting teamwork between workers in the oil fields
The Texas Division in 1968
Industrial film featuring achievements of the Dow Chemical Texas Division in 1968.
The Redd Collection, no. 19 - Zimmatic Industrial Film (c. 1975)
Lindsay’s Zimmatic irrigation systems make it “rain when you want it”
The Professional Firefighter
Film describing the extremely selective application process, rigorous training, and demanding job respons...
The Paper Forest
Educational film presented by the Southern Pulpwood Conservation Association that focuses on the interrel...
The New Look of Avis (1974)
In this training film from the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library...
The Jeoffroy Collection - Jeoffroy Manufacturing, Inc. Plow Factory (1958)
This home movie documents the Jeoffroy Manufacturing, Inc. plow factory in Amarillo in 1958
The How-To Men of LTV Electrosystems, Inc. (c. 1968)
it’s a how to business, and we’re a how to company scientists engineers technicians and specialists
The History of the Southern District of Texas - The Brownsville Division (2002)
History of the Southern District of Texas, one of four U.S. Federal District Courts in the state, of whic...
The Graham Collection - Graham Plow: Saves the Soil, Demonstrations
Footage from an unfinished industrial film demonstrating the Graham-Hoeme Chisel Plow from the 1950s
The Graham Collection - Assembly Line and Plow Production (1955)
Industrial footage of the manufacturing process for the Graham-Hoeme Plow at the company’s factory in Ama...
The Flowline of Understanding (c. 1953)
Training film discussing how proper communication between employees in the oil industry prevents accidents
The Computer Tutor (1966)
Educational film explaining the new technology of the electronic retina computing reader
The Chocolate Bayou Story
Industrial film highlighting IBM 1800 computer system at work in Monsanto’s Chocolate Bayou complex
The Case of Jim Cannon
Presented by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and produced by Jamieson Film Company, this ...
That’s Rich (1971)
Industrial film about long distance telephone service starring impressionist Rich Little
Texas - The Big State
Commissioned by the Santa Fe Railway Company and produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation, this film provi...
Taylor Wines - 1978 Holiday Race for Space
Taylor Wines marketing film featuring “Metal Man” and “Shorty,” an obvious homage to Star Wars’ C-3PO and...
Taylor Wines - 1978 Holiday Race for Space (Restoration)
Taylor Wines marketing film featuring “Metal Man” and “Shorty,” an obvious homage to Star Wars’ C-3PO and...
Strictly On Your Own (1971)
Recruitment film portrays the recruitment and training process for women in the Marines in 1976
Song of the Clouds
Industrial film illustrating how the burgeoning field of air travel has changed how people all over the w...
Somewhere There Must Be an Island
Industrial film advertising the Grand Bahama Hotel
Scout Launch Vehicle System and Ops (1976)
Film providing a great amount of detail into the basic level workings of the SCOUT Launch Vehicle and its...
Safe Handling of Metal Alkyls in the R+D Laboratory
Industrial film that follows a group of Texas Representatives through Texas Alkyls, Inc.'s plant as they ...
Ray Jelinek Collection, no. 11 - Oil Drilling Operation
1950s-era black-and-white film examining the mechanics of a large-scale oil drilling operation, location ...
Project Apollo (1967)
Industrial film about the construction of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the Command/Service Module
Project Safeguard
This educational and training film dramatizes the challenges (and benefits) that the cancellation of DDT ...
Plus Improvement - The Choice for Health
An educational video promoting the creation of a program of health care that focuses on wellness
Plants, Products, and People
Industrial film highlighting how the three elements key to Dow’s success interplay
Pennzoil in Perspective
1970s industrial film profiling the Pennzoil Company
Perimeter Taxiways at DFW (2003)
Industrial film promoting the addition of perimeter taxiways at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Odyssey: A Quest for Energy (1982)
Industrial film documenting the history of energy and how we harvest energy sources