Research in television music requires an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses both audio and visual materials - particularly those that cover broadcasting history. Most television music in the Library's collections is still protected by copyright and not available for online access. This page describes Library resources that include content available online that is relevant to television music research through its connections to broadcasting history writ large.
Some of the Library's digital collections include materials relevant to television music. Select examples include:
Several digitized videos on the Library's website provide historical overviews of television broadcasting in the United States. Several are part of the National Screening Room digital collection. Search for additional videos on the Library's website.
This video discusses research conducted by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) which led to the development of both black and white and color television. It traces the history of television broadcasting by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and includes animated sequences showing the operation of television cameras, transmitters, and receiving sets.
Multiple Library blogs have published posts relevant to television music research. These blogs include:
Search for additional Library of Congress blog posts on the main blog website. The following is a representative sample of television music-specific blog posts published by the Music Division in In the Muse.