Radio & Television

Overview

The Hoover Institution Archives hold important and extensive collections of sound recordings and moving images, with a particular emphasis on documentary and non-fiction broadcasting. Early 20th century film footage is well represented by the Herman Axelbank collection (Russian revolution) and Charles E. Stuart papers (American engineers in the USSR). The post-World War II period is represented by the vast RFE/RL Broadcast records, the BBC World Service Radio Broadcast recordings, and the Firing Line and Uncommon Knowledge television interview series. The Commonwealth Club recordings are also a valuable resource for those studying world events. Many individuals’ collections also contain recorded tapes and broadcasts, including those of Soviet and East European television during the late 1980s and early 1990s, a period of exceptional change and interest.

Herman Axelbank Motion Picture Film Collection

Depicts major events in Russian history, 1896–1977

RFE/RL Broadcast Records

US radio broadcasting organization

RFE/RL Corporate Records

US radio broadcasting organization

Bbc World Service Radio Broadcast Recordings

Recordings of radio broadcasts to Vietnam, 1963–2002

Firing Line Broadcasts

Television program hosted by William F. Buckley, 1966–99

Uncommon Knowledge Videotapes

Television program sponsored by the Hoover Institution

Commonwealth Club Of California Records

Organization for the study of public issues

Free To Choose Videotape Collection

Television series featuring Milton Friedman on laissez-faire economics

Ronald Reagan Radio Commentaries

Series featuring Ronald Reagan, 1967–80

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A Note on Broadcasting History

Recently, we featured some Crusade for Freedom programs on our YouTube channel. What you don’t know is this effort fits in nicely with my last blog post. You see, the disc both programs came from is a type that would only be transferred due to a research request.

August 31, 2011
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Is Firing Line the New Sex? (with apologies to Mary Eberstadt)

Since its publication in Policy Review last year, Mary Eberstadt's exploration of the effects of unlimited sex and food on advanced nations, "Is Food the New Sex?" has been a perennial favorite on the web.

November 09, 2010
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Firing Line clips are now available on Hoover’s website

Clips of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Hoover’s website and on YouTube.

July 22, 2010
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Cold War Broadcasting Impact

Co-organizers: Hoover Institution and Cold War International History Project, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, with support from the Center for East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University, and the Open Society Archives, Central European University

October 13, 2004
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Hoover Institution to House Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Archives

The Hoover Institution will house the broadcast archives and corporate records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

December 17, 1999
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New Hoover Exhibit Features "Voices" of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

Discussion about the launch of a Radio Free Afghanistan service has many recalling the lasting and important role of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty in promoting democracy abroad.

November 19, 2001 STANFORD
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Hoover Institution, Woodrow Wilson Center Organize Conference on Impact of Cold War Broadcasting

International researchers and former officials are meeting at the Hoover Institution to address the impact of Western broadcasting - especially Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) - during the Cold War.

October 15, 2004
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Commonwealth Club Radio Program Collection

More than two thousand sound recordings of speakers addressing the Commonwealth Club of California are housed at the Hoover Archives and described in a searchable database.

February 20, 2007
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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr.

A select group of television broadcasts from the Firing Line collection held in the Hoover Archives is now available as DVDs.

September 11, 2008
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