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Radio & Television

Introduction to the Collection

The Hoover Institution Library & 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.

Featured Collections

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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