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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Religion and Politics

February 29, 2012

With all the emphasis on religion and politics this campaign, we looked back in the Video Library to see what programs we have covered. A search on “Religion and Politics” turned up 382 programs. You can review our search here.

In one of these searches, we turned up a clip of President John F. Kennedy’s speech on religion in the 1960 campaign. This clip can be played here. There are many historic gems like this in the C-SPAN Video Library and from time to time we will highlight them here.

President’s Day in the Video Library

February 17, 2012

President’s Day is a good time to see what the C-SPAN Video Library has about U.S. Presidents. A few searches shows that there is a lot.

American President’s Series
In case you missed our 1999 series featuring every president through Bill Clinton, you can watch any one of these programs at our American Presidents web site.

Presidential Biographies
Biographies of nineteen presidents were featured on Booknotes. Others have been featured on BookTV.

Presidential Libraries
C-SPAN also visited all the presidential libraries and explored the lives of the presidents through their library and archives. That series is on line and viewable here

The Contenders
C-SPAN just completed a series on those who did not get elected president, but tried, and still changed history. These programs are all available to watch on our Contenders web site.

All Presidents Programs
In total, we have over 400 programs about presidents tagged in the Video Library, you can review them all here.

Campaign 2012
Follow the election process for the next president through C-SPAN’s extensive coverage and our special Campaign 2012 web site.

C-SPAN Products
Finally, don’t miss our American President’s Products in our C-SPAN Store.. There you will find fact cards, timeline posters, shirts, and bookbags.

For all things presidents, C-SPAN and the C-SPAN Video Library is the place to look.

Tags Now Browseable

February 16, 2012

A recent new feature to the Video Library exposes our tag structure. We tag every program with a keyword which is part of a hierarchical system. You can now use that structure to find programs of interest. Say you are interested in History. You can browse the policy History and Society and then see a subcategory of History. From that you can see the tags for different periods of History such as Cold War or the Civil War. We think that this will help people find programs by topic in our vast collection.

Find this new feature under Browse and then Tags on the left side. The page will look like this.


Black History and C-SPAN

February 15, 2012

February is Black History month. C-SPAN has covered many hours of African-American History. The value of the Video Library is that you don’t have to know if these programs were on C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, BookTV or American History TV all of which have carried these programs. You can simply search the Video Library and watch the programs when you want. Here is a recent program on the National Museum of African American History and Culture. All the programs on African-American History are available through this link.

Celebrate Black History Month with C-SPAN through the C-SPAN Video Library. Watch it. Clip it. Share it.

Member of Congress Tweets

February 8, 2012

The Librarian of Congress caused a little stir on the Hill this week when he was asked about archiving all the Twitter feeds. Members of Congress questioned the value and the expense to archive all Twitter feeds. Now, archiving and Congress is something close to our heart here at the C-SPAN Archives.

We can attest to the size of the endeavor from our own experience. Since 2009 we have been following Members of Congress feeds. We now follow 371 House and 84 Senate members. These members have generated 29,000 tweets. But, that is only part of the story. We also follow all the responses that these tweets generate. When we include those, the number balloons to 1.8 million tweets archived. For example, a tweet by Speaker Boehner on the budget the other day generated over 1,000 responses. On average, each tweet generates 62 responses.

These tweets can be found on the member’s bio page. You can click on reply and see how individuals have responded to the original tweet.

It is early to know the value of these Twitter feeds in the long term. On the short term, they provide a snapshot into the concerns of members of Congress and the reaction that these concerns generate. The size of this archive is small, just 450 megabytes, but it is but a small fraction of all daily tweets that the Library of Congress might archive.