About C-SPAN Video Library

The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More Info

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Video Library Wins Peabody Award

March 31, 2011

The Peabody Awards Committee announced that the C-SPAN Video Library is the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. This prestigious award is recognition of the contribution that C-SPAN has made through the creation of the Video Library resource. We are proud to offer this service to our viewers to watch, clip, and share all programs that have aired on the C-SPAN Networks since 1987.

Reagan Assassination Attempt

March 30, 2011

March 30 is the thirtieth anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. The C-SPAN Video Library has a number of programs related to this event. C-SPAN aired the original address that Reagan made prior to exiting the Washington Hilton when he was shot. You can watch the speech and at the end you can see the secret service agent waiting in the wings for the President. Also, the Secret Service Agent Jerry Parr appeared on a 1983 C-SPAN call-in program and talked about his role in protecting the president. This is one of the earliest preserved C-SPAN videotapes. Finally, the Newseum recently hosted a retrospective program featuring Parr, an author of a new book on the assassination attempt, and the attending emergency room physician. That program can be viewed here.

The Video Library also has some oral histories with Nancy Reagan and Michael Deaver remembering the event. Finally, there is an event after his presidency where Reagan returns to George Washington Hospital to lobby for passage of the Brady Hand Gun Bill.

All of these can be viewed in the C-SPAN Video Library.

Geraldine Ferraro, 1935-2011

March 28, 2011

Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president on a major ticket, passed away this past week. She has many appearances in the Video Library including her 1984 vice presidential debate with George H. W. Bush. You can watch that event here as well as view her other appearances in the C-SPAN Video Library. She also ran for Senate in New York and appeared on many forums as well.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932-2011

March 24, 2011

Yes, Elizabeth Taylor is in the C-SPAN Video Library. She spoke at the National Press Club and appeared before Congress to talk about funding for AIDS research. Taylor’s testimony can be watched here.

You can watch these events in the Video Library.

Government Recorded Hearings In Video Library

March 18, 2011

The C-SPAN Video Library now contains committee hearings produced by House and Senate committees. C-SPAN can only record a limited number of committees every day. However, a number of House and Senate committees have installed their own equipment to webcast their committee proceedings. These webcasts are now scattered across House and Senate committee websites or not available at all. In order to enhance the offerings of the C-SPAN Video Library and to consolidate these hearings in one place, we are importing government produced committee video into the Video Library.

Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org has succeeded in persuading some House committees to release their archives of committee hearings. The first release from the House Oversight Committee has occurred. These House Oversight hearings are now being imported to the Video Library. Carl will continue to work with other House committees to gain the release of their archived hearings. We will continue to add those hearings with each new archival release. Here is an example of one of the House Oversight hearings.

At the same time, we have searched all Senate Committee web sites and consolidated their collection of committee hearings in the Video Library. Here is an example of a Senate committee video added to the Video Library.

Because these hearings are not recorded at the same quality as C-SPAN-produced hearings and are not indexed to the same degree as C-SPAN hearings, government produced hearings are labeled as such. You can use the Video Library as your source for congressional hearing coverage whether they are produced by C-SPAN or by the committees themselves. It makes the C-SPAN Video Library more valuable as the research resource on Congress.