Radio & Television

The Hoover Institution 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.

Firing Line Broadcast Records, Box 132; Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Corporate Records, Box 99 (Hoover Institution Archives)

Milton Friedman's series on laissez-faire economics

Firing Line Broadcast Records, Box 110, Hoover Institution Archives

Clips and transcripts of this William F. Buckley series available online


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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Radio & Television Archival Collections     Radio & Television Library Materials

Commonwealth Club Radio Program Collection

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

More than two thousand sound recordings of speakers addressing the Commonwealth Club of California are housed at the Hoover Archives and described in a searchable database.


Hoover Institution to House Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Archives

Friday, December 17, 1999

The Hoover Institution will house the broadcast archives and corporate records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Press Releases
Dizzy Gillespie visits the RFE studios in Munich.

Musical ambassadors documented in Hoover’s Radio Free Europe records

Artists traveling throughout Europe in the 1960s, especially American jazz musicians, often visited with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporters. Included in this slideshow are some notable examples, including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman, as well as many outside the American jazz scene. (The photographs of these musical ambassadors are part of the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty corporate records at the Hoover Institution Archives.)

Radio Free Europe Story

A Note on Broadcasting History

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Recently, we featured some Crusade for Freedom programs on our YouTube channel. What you don’t know is this effort fits in nicely with my last blog post. You see, the disc both programs came from is a type that would only be transferred due to a research request.<?p>

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Hoover Institution, Woodrow Wilson Center Organize Conference on Impact of Cold War Broadcasting

Friday, October 15, 2004

International researchers and former officials are meeting at the Hoover Institution to address the impact of Western broadcasting - especially Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) - during the Cold War.


Cold War Broadcasting Impact

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 to Saturday, October 16, 2004
Stanford University

Hoover Institution and Cold War International History Project,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars,
with support from the Center for East European and Eurasian Studies,
Stanford University, and the Open Society Archives,
Central European University

Cover of a publicity handout, 1967

Firing Line clips are now available on Hoover’s website

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Clips of William F. Buckley’s Firing Line television series are now available on Hoover’s website and on YouTube.




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