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The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is Founded


On August 5, 1968 the Vanderbilt Television News Archive was founded as a unit of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University.

In October 2014 the website of the Vanderbilt archive described its contents as follows:

"The collection spans the presidential administrations of Lyndon Baines Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The core collection includes evening news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC (since 1968), an hour per day of CNN (since 1995) and Fox News (since 2004). Special news broadcasts found in the Archive include political conventions, presidential speeches and press conferences, Watergate hearings, coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the events of September 11, 2001, the War in Afghanistan, and the War in Iraq."

Also in October 2014 the Wikipedia article on the archive summarized some of its holdings as follows:

"The Archive’s collection consists of more than 40,000 hours of video content, including:

  • The daily news broadcasts of ABCCBS and NBC from August 5, 1968 to the present
  • A daily one-hour CNN news program beginning in 1995
  • A daily one-hour Fox News program beginning in 2004
  • The weeknight broadcasts of Nightline by ABC, beginning in 1988
  • The networks’ televised coverage of live presidential speeches, press conferences, summit meetings, and other events
  • The networks’ televised coverage of live presidential election-related events, including debates, political conventions and election night coverage."

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