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These are your best options for finding classroom-legal versions of programs originally offered on consumer-oriented streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon, whose licenses exclude library use. This list highlights streaming sources that provide content most directly related to historical and social science inquiry. It is not an exhaustive directory to all our library's video providers.
Academic Video Online provides 70,000 streaming videos: documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and newsreels, arthouse movies, TV programs, and more. Public performance rights are included for all films except Film Platform content. AVON builds on our former Alexander Street streaming video collection, including highlights named below. Two search interfaces:
Kanopy provides hundreds of streaming videos in a wide variety of subjects. For videos outside our collection, you'll be presented a form to request they be added.
NOTE: As of Spring 2021 Kanopy made changes to links and access, so older links to streaming videos on the platform will no longer work. Please update any links to Kanopy videos in Canvas, syllabi, etc, with the new URLs: the new base URL for Kanopy is https://vt.kanopy.com/, and links for specific specific videos use the following format: https://vt.kanopy.com/video/slavery-another-name.
Swank offers over 1,000 streaming videos: popular movies, documentaries, and foreign films. Swank offers over 1,000 streaming videos: popular movies, documentaries, and foreign films. The available titles are revised by the vendor near the beginning of every academic year.
Socialism on Film provides streaming video from the communist world reveals war, history, current affairs, culture, and society from the 20th century and countries such as the USSR, Vietnam, China, Korea, much of Eastern Europe, the GDR, Britain, and Cuba.
records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text. 1987-present.
AAPB is a collection of 40,000 hours of public radio and television broadcasts. Alongside significant national programs, APB offers mostly of regional and local programs that document American communities since the mid-20th century: local news and public affairs programs, local history productions that document the heritage of local communities, and programs dealing with education, environmental issues, music, art, literature, dance, poetry, religion, and even film-making on a local level. Searchable and browseable by topic and participating broadcaster
With some content dating to the late 1948s, the NBC News Archives is the oldest television news collection in the United States, featuring programs from NBC's news division and MSNBC. Segments can be viewed in the platform, but special licenses are usually required to download or reuse files. Browse within broad subjects or use the search box within the NBC banner image. (The top-of-page search box covers the whole Getty platform -- which is set up to market images and footage, with various kinds of licenses.)
The Scripps Library at the University of Virginia, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the most important presidential speeches in American history. These speeches all have transcripts, and some are available in their entirety in audio or video. 1789-present. One of UVA Miller Center's American President collections of primary and secondary sources.
Collection of several hundred streaming videos digitized from PBS documentaries that were originally distributed in videotape in the 1990s; Many may be available with better image quality from our commercial streaming video services . The collection covers a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences, but it's particularly strong in American history and American studies. Server is at UVA.
You can link directly to the individual videos in the collection using the URL syntax described in the examples below. The normal bitrate videos are encoded at 300 kbps and may be accessed from anywhere on the Internet. The high bitrate movies are encoded at 800 kbps and are only accessible on-ground at UVa and from on-campus locations of some other VIVA members with high speed network connections to Charlottesville via the National Lambda Rail or Internet2 (Virginia Tech's campus has access to this network).
Standard video bitrate URL example
High video bitrate URL example
Standard video bitrate, start 5 minutes into the movie URL example
High video bitrate, start 5 minutes into the movie, end at 6 minutes URL example
Articles selected from American and international newspapers, magazines, and transcripts (even video clips) of news broadcasts, sometimes as far back to 1978. Complete "image editions" are available of more than 100 papers, generally beginning in 2018 or later. These are same-day, color facsimiles of the print editions, including ads, legal notices, letters, comics, and crossword puzzles.
We provide additional archival image editions of