Thirty More Firing Line DVDs on Amazon.com

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Firing Line with William F. Buckley
Firing Line with William F. Buckley

The DVDs of thirty additional programs from William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Amazon.com. Featured guests on those programs, which date from 1967 to 1993, include Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Malcolm Muggeridge, Milton Friedman, Elspeth Huxley, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama. The programs were released gradually during the past two months, with each minirelease announced on the Library and Archives Facebook page.

Firing Line episodes from Hoover's collection first became available on DVD from Amazon in August 2008; this release brings the total to more than 130. Firing Line videotapes continue to be gradually remastered from obsolete formats by a professional video preservation lab. For programs not available through Amazon, contact stewarts [at] stanford.edu (Stephanie Stewart) to purchase copies from the Hoover Archives.

Hundreds of transcripts of Firing Line programs are also available as free downloads from Hoover’s Firing Line database. Individuals may request copies of transcripts that have not yet been digitized by clicking on the “Request a transcript” link in the database; the Hoover Archives provides complimentary copies of up to three such transcripts, with additional copies at $5 each. When the Hoover Archives receives the request, it will digitize the transcript for the requester and add the digital copy to the database.

Firing Line was broadcast from 1966 to 1999, first as an hour-long show and later as a half-hour program. The Firing Line collection at the Hoover Institution Archives includes videotapes of about 1,500 shows, as well as transcripts, photographs, program preparation materials, and other items.