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Critical Studies in Television: scholarly studies of small screen fictions
Editorial board: Kim Akass, Stephen Lacey, David Lavery, Janet McCabe, Robin Nelson and Rhonda V. Wilcox.

TV resources and archives available online.




Film and TV comedy archives.

E-server: film and television articles online.
More than sixty articles available to view.

Find Articles.com.
Site comprises a vast archive of published articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals. Articles are in full text and can be printed for free. Search options are either by name of publication or by subject, e.g. ‘television.’ Once a title is selected, each can be searched by topic and users select from the retrieved list of annotated references. Journals carrying television articles include Journal of Popular Film and Television, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

International Federation of Television Archives.
The IFTA "is an international professional association established to provide a means for co-operation amongst broadcast and national audiovisual archives and libraries concerned with the collection, preservation and exploitation of moving image and recorded sound materials and associated documentation."

Media Studies.com.
"The purpose of MediaStudies.com is to help advance research and education in media studies and critical thinking. The site serves as a hub – providing links to international news, media studies sites, and other resources for media educators, students, researchers, and the wider community."

Researcher’s Guide (UK).
List of regional collections for archives and film libraries prepared by the British Film Institute.

TV Acres.
Pathway to television resources online.

Television Heaven.
Preserves the history of classic television both past and present (UK and USA). "Over 500 shows reviewed including comedies, sci-fi, adventure and drama. Plus: star interviews … a serious look at television history … the all-time TV greats … and the A to Z of TV shows."

TV Is King.
Focuses on TV shows, television stars and entertainment with news, articles, blogs and resources for enthusiasts of all types. Boasts a searchable database for the web’s top-rated websites on television.

Cherished Television.
This site is dedicated to the world of nostalgia television and the rich heritage of programme makers from the U.K. and around the Globe.


Australia and New Zealand:


Australian Television Information Archive.
Provides a comprehensive source of information for Australian drama series as well as numerous other programmes.

New Zealand Film Archive.
"Moving image heritage centre committed to collecting, protecting, and projecting New Zealand's film and television history."

State Library of New South Wales.
Media links for electronic journals, Australian and international newspapers, and television.


Europe, Scandinavia and Russia:


Russian TVdata Video Catalogue.
"TVdata owns and represents Russian Footage Collection from independent producers & studious. We have a wide variety of contemporary and archival footage as well as complete production on formats ranging from 16mm to Betacam Digital. In additional to raw footage, our video library includes complete production: newsreels, feature stories and documentaries on virtually all topics related to Russia. Some of the stories are very unique and of interest to an international audience. We sell rights for exploitation of the content across all media platforms. TV Data offers high-quality material for a lower price than any other Russian TV Channel Library."


North America:


CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) Archives. Including the CBC Archives Virtual Tour.

Hawaii Radio and Television Archive.
This is the archive to the main site of the Hawaii Radio & Television Guide.

Library of Congress (Washington DC, USA).
Search facility to some of the Library's motion picture holdings.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC).
The MBC aims to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform and educate. Includes the Encyclopedia of Television with "more than 1,000 original essays from more than 250 contributors and examines specific programs and people, historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented by resource materials, photos and bibliographical information;" News on current education seminars, and exhibitions. Search the MBC’s Media Archive. Media History Project Connection Pages.
Information on museums and institutions, general broadcast history and indices, international TV, programmes and pioneers produced by Media History Project hosted at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

Motion Picture and Television Photo Archive.
Searchable collection of still photographs.

Museum of Television and Radio (based in Los Angeles and New York City).
Founded in 1975 by William S. Paley for the purpose of collecting, preserving and presenting to the public, television and radio programmes, the Museum of Television and Radio is a non-profit organisation. The collection covers news, drama, public affairs programmes, documentaries, the performing arts, children’s programming, sports, comedy and advertising.

National Archival Research Catalog (ARC).
The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalogue of NARA’s nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries.

NBC History Files Finding Aid.
Partial online index to NBC historical documents held by the Library of Congress. Documents are no accessible online but it is a useful starting point for researchers.

NBC News Archives.
Searchable online database of film and video material held by NBC News. Actual footage can only be accessed by the industry but the database does offers documentation on the network's television-era news operations.

National Public Broadcasting Archive.
Based at the University of Maryland.

The New York Times Article Archive.
Use search engine to find past features on television programmes.

US News Visual Archives.

Nielsen Media Research.
"Nielsen Media Research is the world-famous TV Ratings company. Active in more than 40 countries, we offer television and radio audience measurement, print readership and custom media research services. In the United States, Nielsen Media Research provides television audience estimates for broadcast and cable networks, television stations, national syndicators, regional cable television systems, satellite providers, advertisers and advertising agencies."

Peabody Awards Archives, based at the University of Georgia, has a searchable database. And is sponsored by the Peabody Awards.
"The Peabody Awards are considered the most prestigious award in broadcasting. Its Archives is unique among broadcast media archives, holding over 40,000 self-selected 'best of the year' entries from 1940 in all formats of radio, television, and web broadcasts. We often hold the only remaining copy of a program, and sometimes have episodes which other archives with the same program, such as MTV&R, LOC, and UCLA, don't hold. Comparative studies are easily established both within and among topics such as public television history, women's roles, ethnicity, comedy, local vs. national broadcasts, depictions of crime or violence, family dynamics, changes in sexual mores/depictions of sexuality, cultural arts/performances, or the history of children's programming. A rapidly expanding online database of entries allows multiple access points to the material, for example, to search for the work of a specific writer, producer, or director."


Public Moving Image Archives and Resources Centres.

Radio and Television History Sites.
Links to online information about museums, libraries, archives and organisations as well as other broadcasting history resources.

Research Buzz: Entertainment-Television.

Sound Online Inventory and Catalog (SONIC).
Searchable online database offering researchers easy access to documentation on more than 100,000 broadcast recordings in the Library of Congress’s NBC Radio Network Collection from 1931-1986.

TV Land.com.
Official site of this classic TV station. Includes favourite shows along with retro TV, commercials, theme songs and show schedules.

Television Studies.
List of online resources dealing with broadcasting history and television (primarily American).

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): film and television archive.

Washington Post.com.
Online archives on television.

Vanderbilt Television News Archive.
"The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts from the major U.S. national broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming including ABC's Nightline since 1989. These special reports and periodic news broadcasts cover presidential press conferences and political campaign coverage, and national and international events such as the Watergate hearings, the plight of American hostages in Iran, the Persian Gulf war, and the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001."


United Kingdom and Ireland:


AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies.
The Centre, created in October 2000 with five years funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board, aims to enhance and extend the recent growth in high level academic research on British Film and Television. Online includes news of conferences, research reports and special events.

BBC: Research and Collections.
The BBC has hours of radio and television output and sound effects. It also archives key documents, commercial and sheet music. Archive access varies according to requirements and purpose. Public and research access to BBC film, television and audio material is generally available through the British Film Institute research viewing service and British Library Sound Archive.

BBC Online Resources
Guide to online resources dealing with broadcasting history in the UK.

BBC Online: BBC Archive Treasure Hunt.

BBC Programme Catalogue

British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC): Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching.
Prepared by the BUFVC, the Television and Radio Index is a selective directory of television and radio from June 18 2001. Includes what used to be called the Television Index, a selective index to more than thirteen years of television programmes broadcast on the five UK terrestrial channels from July 1 1995. This index concentrates on documentary programmes, but there are also references to news and current affairs, music and drama. Access required.

British Film Institute (bfi).
General guide to online facilities and information on their archives.

British Film Institute (bfi) national library:
21 Stephen Street, LONDON W1P 1PL.
Tel: (+ 44) (0)20 7255 1444 ext.264.
Opening hours:
Mon and Fri: 10.30 - 5.30
Tue and Thurs: 10.30 - 8.00
Wed: 1.00 - 8.00
The library provides access to a major national research collection of documentation and information on film and television.

Other useful online resources from the British Film Institute (bfi) include:
Film/TV Footage – Archive/Sales.
ScreenOnline - Television History.
Television (and Film) Statistics.
TV History.
Links to television history archives online.

BUBL from Strathclyde University. Catalogue of Internet resources.

Historical Television WebSite (HTW).
"Devoted to the past, present, and future of television in the United Kingdom, this site places emphasis on the programme makers as opposed to the programmes themselves (though some programmes do get mentioned). Special sections are provided for each of the main UK TV broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5), plus features on other topics such as Colour Television and 40 years of ITV in the South are also included."

ITN (Independent Television News) Archive.
Archive contains stills and collections (including Reuters, ITN, Channel 4, Granada, Survival, and Fox News).

"Kaleidoscope is a voluntary, non profit-making group devoted to the appreciation and research of vintage television in all its forms. Over more the fifteen years, we have become renowned as the UK’s leading provider of classic televisions festivals, retrospectives and other activities, and the publication of specialist books and reference guides.

Moving History.
Guide to UK film and television archives in the public sector. Online information about the archive, permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and special events.

Insight: Collections and Research Centre based at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (Bradford).
Provides online information about the collection, online exhibitions, and resources.

Newsfilm Online.
Newsfilm Online offers access to substantial quantities of television news content to users throughout UK Higher and Further Education. The news film will be delivered in downloadable form, meaning that users may retain and reuse copies long term under a sub-licence agreement. All of the ITN material encoded for Newsfilm Online will be made available to UK Higher and Further Education ‘in perpetuity.’ The first delivery of 1,000 hours of ITN content is planned for release in July 2005, and the target figure of 3,000 hours should be reached by September 2006. RGO- Researcher’s Guide Online.
The RGO database has entries on almost 550 film, television, radio and related documentation collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It features national and regional archives as well stock-shot libraries and collections held by local authorities, museums, institutions of further and higher education, industrial companies and private individuals.

Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission.
The Commission’s Digital Film Archive (DFA) is an access resource (not available over the internet) for researchers, students, historians, and anyone who has an interest in moving images in Northern Ireland. The DFA contains 55 hours of moving images about Northern Ireland from 1897-2000. There are 389 items covering drama, animation, documentaries, news, newsreel, amateur and actuality film.

TV ARK: The Television Museum (UK).
"The place to watch and learn the history of TV channel presentation, title sequences, adverts, public information films and more.

TVTiP: TV Times Project 1955-1985.
"The TV Times Project 1955-1985 provides unique online access to the listings of the London edition of the TV Times from September 1955 – March 1985." Developed at Bournemouth University, and funded by the AHRC. Athens password needed for access. UKTV.com.
The British Television Internet. Enables user to search TV shows by title. Contains links to various websites on the programmes.

Dedicated to fifties British TV nostalgia, covering children’s TV, adult TV as well as a chronological list of TV milestones, TV people and personalities, and memories by contributors. Programmes arranged alphabetically. Information provided on titles varies but usually includes stills, images, a brief history and credits and sometimes TV theme tunes. Holds clip index and links page.