Archival Films & Newsreels


Great Speeches, Volume 30: Michelle Obama, Seth Rogen, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Mike Pence 151 min.

This program features six speeches: Michelle Obama's 2016 DNC address, Seth Rogen's autism testimony, Barack Obama's "Farewell Address," Donald Trump's "First Inaugural Address," Ivanka Trump's 2016 RNC address, and Mike Pence's VP nomination acceptance speech.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

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

Great Speeches Series (30 Parts) 3381 min.

This remarkable 30-part series features some of history’s most influential addresses—and continues to have a profound impact on the study of speech. With this classic archive, students can watch as FDR declares war, Churchill attacks Hitler, Harry Truman announces the bombing of Japan, Lou Gehrig bids farewell to baseball, Martin Luther King Jr. relays his dream, Nixon resigns the presidency, Reag...

Formats: DVDStreaming 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

Standard Deviants School Shakespeare Series 239 min.

Familiarize students with Shakespeare and his celebrated works with these vibrant programs. Excellent companions to the written text, this series introduces basic themes, plots, and characters and is the perfect length for classroom use!

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2005

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