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Archive of American Television
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Founded in 1997, with its first interviews recorded in 1996, The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television consists of over 800 videotaped oral history interviews with the legends of television, including Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, Walter Cronkite, Norman Lear, Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and many others. Interviewees hail from professions across the television industry, from actors and writers to executives, editors, publicists, composers, and more. Major topics discussed in interviews include Advice to Aspiring Professionals, TV’s Golden Age, Censorship, and Technological Innovation, as well as important events in American and television history, such as the Hollywood Blacklist, the Quiz Show Scandals, 9/11, and the Kennedy Assassination. The Archive conducts up to twenty-five new interviews each year. The vast majority of the collection is available to the public through the Archive’s website (full versions) and YouTube (shorter clips).
The Television Academy Foundation was founded in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy with the goal of shaping the art of creating television by engaging and educating the next generation of television professionals. Today, the Foundation pursues this goal through scholarships, internships, career development programs, outreach to university faculty, and the in-depth oral history of television housed in its Archive of American Television.
842 interviews (557 standard definition, 284 high definition) approximately 3,700 hours of video footage 88 TB of data
The Archive’s footage is available to all film, television, broadband and documentary producers, and has been digitized for easy access and delivery. Licensing fees apply, but vary depending on the usage rights and territory required. Transcripts for research purposes only are available for a fee.
The vast majority of the Archive of American Television’s interviews have been digitized and are freely available to the public for viewing through the Archive’s website (full) and on YouTube (shorter clips).