Archival Films & Newsreels


Institute of Art and Ideas: Cutting Edge Debates and Talks from the World's Leading Thinkers (Series 2) 2559 min.

Institute of Art and Ideas is Europe’s leading forum for big ideas, boundary-pushing thinkers and challenging debates. With unique access to the most brilliant minds working today, in the fields of science, philosophy, politics and art, this series of talks and debates addresses pressing questions at the very forefront of current thought, offering rare insights into the ideas that are shaping our...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2014

U.S. Presidential Election Debates 2568 min.

This series includes all televised United States presidential election debates.

Formats: DVD Copyright Date: 2012

Electrification Comes to the Farm 170 min.

Though industrialization was on the rise in the late 1930s, most American farms were still being run without electricity. To give the farmers a hand the government began to offer special loans for the purpose of buying power, and to publicize the loans, commissioned a documentary, resulting in the now-classic Power and the Land. This series presents Power and the Land in its entirety, along with t...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2010

A Conversation with Somerset Maugham—From NBC's Wisdom Series 29 min.

Filmed at Somerset Maugham’s villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Mediterranean, this program from the NBC archives features the author and playwright in a far-ranging 1965 conversation with British critic and journalist Alan Pryce-Jones. Maugham speaks about a recent trip to the Far East; the writing of Of Human Bondage; his time as a medical student at St. Thomas Hospital; his view of Moby-Dick...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1965

The Wisdom Series: From the NBC Archives 406 min.

Airing on NBC from 1957 to 1965, the Wisdom series featured interviews with luminaries in science, the arts, and politics. These interviews were often conducted by a journalist or colleague well-known to the guest and usually took place in familiar surroundings such as the subject's home or workplace. While each program forms a picturesque snapshot of the cultural conventions of the day, it freque...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1965

A Conversation with Pearl S. Buck—From NBC's Wisdom Series 30 min.

Although China was her home for many years, Pearl S. Buck was ultimately forced to leave the land that shaped much of her worldview. In this 1959 NBC program, the Nobel laureate speaks from the Pennsylvania home in which she and her second husband, Richard Walsh, settled. The author shares memories of her early years in China, reflecting on the beauty of traditional customs and festivals. She disc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1959

A Conversation with Robert Moses—From NBC's Wisdom Series 30 min.

Over a desktop model of the Manhattan Bridge, Robert Moses speaks from his Babylon office in this 1959 NBC interview. Moses talks with landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke about urban planning, its implementation, and its political and financial dimensions. Readily acknowledging his reputation as an undiplomatic figure, Moses advances his notion that planners are people who make “pretty pictures”...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1959

A Conversation with Carl Sandburg—From NBC's Wisdom Series 30 min.

Although his father never learned to read and seemed to question the inherent value of literacy, Carl Sandburg’s mother loved books and encouraged their appreciation. Ultimately, Sandburg rose to the highest literary circles of his day—and yet he was able to come to terms with his father’s tradesman persona and view him as a man “superior to books.” So he says in this absorbing 1958 interview from...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1958

A Conversation with Igor Stravinsky—From NBC's Wisdom Series 30 min.

Famous for music that bewildered and, in some cases, even outraged the public, Igor Stravinsky was nevertheless a sincere and enthusiastic communicator when it came to discussing his work. This 1957 NBC program opens with the composer at his piano as he creates a “sketch” or initial concept for a new piece; it then records a detailed conversation between Stravinsky and his protégé, respected Ameri...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1957

A Conversation with Marcel Duchamp—From NBC's Wisdom Series 30 min.

Filmed amidst the Arensberg collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where 35 works by Marcel Duchamp are gathered, this 1956 NBC interview features the artist talking with James Johnson Sweeney, former director of the Guggenheim Museum. Duchamp describes his transition away from Impressionism toward a Cubist, and then post-Cubist, approach, providing commentary while standing before Nude Des...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 1956