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The resources listed here provide other avenues for research into political topics, news coverage of government and public affairs, and more. Many of these resources are available for free online, while others have restrictions.
A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. The Moving Image section of the Internet Archive contains millions of free clips including full-length films, television news and programs, commercials, and many other types of short film. The Audio portion of the site includes streaming concerts, musical recordings, and radio broadcasts, along with literature and poetry readings.
C-SPAN has provided coverage of the U.S. Congress since March 19, 1979 - the first date that the House of Representatives allowed public broadcasting of floor proceedings. The Senate followed suit in 1986, and video from 1987 to the present is available in the online Video Library.
AP Archive is the film and video archive of The Associated Press (AP), one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent news gathering. The collection includes over 1.7 million global news and entertainment video stories dating back to 1895, sourced both from AP's own coverage and from our premium content partners. Hours of new video footage is added daily with coverage from AP's global news gathering network. Videos in the AP Archive can be licensed for a fee.
The Oyez Project, a free law project from Cornell’s Legal Information Institute (LII), the Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Justia.com, is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.
American Rhetoric is a site dedicated to public rhetoric. It contains political, social, and religious speeches, movie speeches, resources related to the study of rhetoric, and exercises in rhetoric. The Online Speech Bank is a searchable database and index that contains streaming audio and the text of hundreds of important American speeches.
Between 1940 and 1973, six consecutive American presidents secretly taped thousands of their meeting and telephone conversations. These exchanges took place in the White House and in the Executive Office Building, at Camp David and at the LBJ Ranch, and during travel. From Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose infrequent recordings yielded only 8 hours of taped material, to Richard M. Nixon, whose voice-activated system captured 3,400 hours of discussion, the White House tapes constitute a unique and irreplaceable source for the study of U.S. history and American government. The Miller Center established the Presidential Recordings Program (PRP) in 1998 to make these once-secret White House tapes accessible to citizens, journalists, policymakers, scholars, students, teachers—indeed to all who have an interest or investment in the workings of American democracy. The Miller Center also has audio and video of presidential speeches, as well as a Presidential Oral History Program featuring interviews with former members of White House administrations.
The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University is a collection of thousands of hours of spoken word recordings dating back to 1888. The Vincent Voice Library includes presidential audio, including a recording of Benjamin Harrison, believed to be the earliest recording of a U.S. president. Many recordings are available for listening online.