Firing Line Broadcasts

From 1966 to 1999, the television series Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. was a venue for debate and discussion on political, social, and philosophical issues with experts of the day. The broadcast collection includes administrative files, program preparation materials, photographs, transcripts, sound recordings, and videotape copies of the 1,505 programs. Support for videotape preservation has been provided by the Mericos Foundation and the National Television and Video Preservation Foundation.

Firing Line Broadcast Records, Box 110, Hoover Institution Archives

Peter Robinson reflects on Firing Line


Firing LineBroadcasts

More than 350 full programs and transcripts of all programs freely available online

Firing Line Broadcasts Finding Aid

Program descriptions, list of related materials, links to video clips on YouTube, and links to complete video programs on

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Hoover Institution News Advisory: Hoover Institution Houses Broadcast Archive of William F. Buckley Jr's. Show Firing Line

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The broadcast archive of William F. Buckley Jr.'s television show Firing Line is housed in the Hoover Institution Archives. In addition to the television show he hosted, Buckley, who died today, was a columnist, author, and founded National Review in 1955.




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Celebrating 50 Years of William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line

Buckley Online Website

William F. Buckley's published work from 1951 to the present, including articles, books, columns, reviews, and speeches, is available on the Hillsdale College Buckley Online  website.

Resolved: That Firing Line Fans Want to Know Why All Episodes Aren't Available

Hoover Archives Staff Participate in Society of California Archivists’ Conference

Without a doubt one of our most popular collections at the Hoover Institution Archives is the Firing Line Broadcast Collection; as a result we get a lot of comments about it through the website. Read more.