May 25, 2022

New From The Internet Archive: TV News Search and Borrow (Access to More Than 350,000 TV News Programs)

From The Internet Archive:

Today the Internet Archive launches TV News Search & Borrow.  This service is designed to help engaged citizens better understand the issues and candidates in the 2012 U.S. elections by allowing them to search closed captioning transcripts to borrow relevant television news programs.


The collection now contains 350,000 news programs collected over 3 years from national U.S. networks and stations in San Francisco and Washington D.C.  The archive is updated with new broadcasts 24 hours after they are aired.  Older materials are also being added.

Use the index of searchable text and short, streamed clips to find programs to borrow on DVD-ROM or view at the Internet Archive’s library in San Francisco.

Material From Networks Including:


Congrats to Brewster and the IA team for making the new database available.

Quick  Note on C-SPAN Programs

Material from (aka C-SPAN 3) is indexed and included in the new TV News Search and Borrow database from the Internet Archive.

Although you cannot view the complete program/segment online, the material CAN BE  VIEWED ONLINE (for free) via the C-SPAN Video Library, another wonderful searchable resource for video that we’ve written and spoken about many times about since it debuted several years ago.

The C-SPAN Video Library provides keyword searchable access to just about every program (including thousands of author interviews, political events, lectures, etc.) that has ever aired on all C-SPAN networks ( C-SPAN and C-SPAN 2) since 1979 when C-SPAN first launched. More than 193,000 hours of video programming is available online as we write this post.

Each C-SPAN Video Library entry offers plenty of metadata and there is also an advanced search interface. The database is constantly updated.

So, if you find a C-SPAN program in the Internet Archive database, watch the clip and note the person speaking, date, etc. Then, head to the C-SPAN Video Library to search, find, and view online. You can even share and embed clips. The advanced interface can be helpful as well as the refinement options. Finally, C-SPAN will often reair a program several times so dates might not be an exact match.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.