Moving Image and Sound Archives

Printable version Wednesday 25 April 2012 Last updated at 09:09

Major collections holding actual programmes (radio and television), including some with written materials as well.

Library of American Broadcasting (based at the University of Maryland, USA).
Holds a wide-ranging collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections. Oral histories, photographs, scripts and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting.

Australian Television Archive.

 - Media Archives Project Database

- Australian Media History Database


Bill Douglas Centre (based at the University of Exeter, UK).

The bfi National Film and Television Archive (NFTVA) (based in the UK).

British Library Sound Archive (based in the UK).
One of the largest sound archives in the world. Opened in 1955 as the British Institute of Recorded Sound, it became part of the British Library in 1983.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Film and television archive.

DRA: Deutsche Rundfunkarchiv (German Broadcasting Archives).

Historical Television Website (HTW): UK Television History and Presentation.
Devoted to the past, present and future of television in the United Kingdom, this site places emphasis on the programme makers as opposed to the programmes themselves (though some programmes do get mentioned).

JISC MediaHub interface Following a successful preview period, EDINA is pleased to announce the first release of the JISC MediaHub interface to a wider audience available via the UK Access Management Federation or direct IP.

Motion Picture and Television Photo Archive (based in the USA).
Searchable collection of still photographs.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) (based in Chicago, USA).
Privately owned and run, MBC aims to collect, preserve and present historic and contemporary radio and television content, as well as to inform and educate. Includes:

Encyclopedia of Television, with 'more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information'.

National Media Museum (based in Bradford, UK).

National Public Broadcasting Archive (based at the University of Maryland).
The National Public Broadcasting Archives began as a cooperative effort among several broadcasting organizations and educational institutions. CPB, PBS and NPR along with the Academy for Educational Development joined forces with the University of Maryland to preserve the history of public broadcasting in America.

New Zealand Film Archive
Moving image heritage centre committed to collecting, protecting, and projecting New Zealand's film and television history.

Newsfilm Online (based in the UK).
Offers access to substantial quantities of television news content to users throughout UK Higher and Further Education.

The Digital Film Archive (DFA): Northern Ireland Screen Commission (UK).

The Paley Center for Media (based in Los Angeles and New York City)
Founded in 1975 by William S. Paley for the purpose of collecting, preserving and presenting to the public, television and radio programmes, the Paley Centre for Media (formerly known as the Museum of Television and Radio) is a non-profit organisation, privately funded and run. The collection covers news, drama, public affairs programmes, documentaries, the performing arts, children's programming, sports, comedy and advertising.

The Archive Collection, based at Syracuse University (USA).

Vanderbilt Television News Archive (based in Nashville, TN, USA).

The Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Television, film, radio and theatre-related collections focusing on US production organisations and creative artists. Extensive manuscript and visual materials (photographs, posters, lobby cards) as well as television programmes, films and radio recordings.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Contains the extensive archive of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) as well as hundreds of collections of individual broadcasters, writers, producers, stations, production companies, journalists and advertising agencies.

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