January 27, 2022

Video Database: Internet Archive Launches Trump Archive

The video content (keyword searchable using closed-captioning from broadcasts, stream video online) included in The Internet Archive’s new Trump Archive was developed from video in the IA’s TV News Video Archive, a useful and important resource that has been around since 2012.

At launch, the Trump Archive includes nearly 750 videos (including speeches, debates, interviews) related to the President-elect Donald Trump.

From the Trump Archive “About” Page:

The Trump Archive collects TV news shows containing debates, speeches, rallies, and other broadcasts related to President-elect Donald Trump. This evolving non-commercial, searchable collection is designed to preserve the historical record for posterity.

The project is a work in progress, with improvements planned for expanding collection and making searching more efficient.

An RSS feed is available to learn about new material added to the archive.

From an Introductory Blog Post:


Reporters, researchers, Wikipedians, and the general public are invited to quote, compare and contrast televised statements made by Trump.

  • Use clips in your articles and videos.
  • Create supercuts on topics like Trump’s perspectives of the US press, made with our online “Popcorn” video editor.
  • Let us know what content we are missing.
  • If you have the technical resources, help us enhance search and discovery by collaborating in experiments to apply artificial intelligence-driven facial recognition, voice identification, and other video content analysis approaches.
  • How would you like to use such an archive? Comment below, or write us info@archive.org


We consider the Trump Archive to be an experimental model for creating similar archives for other public officials. For example, we’ll explore the idea of creating curated collections for Trump’s nominees to head federal agencies; members of Congress of both parties (for example, perhaps the Senate and House majority and minority leadership); Supreme Court nominees, and so on.

While we’ve largely hand-curated this collection, we hope to collaborate with researchers to apply machine intelligence to expand this collection, building other,s and making search of our entire TV library vastly more efficient.

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Trump Archive

See Also: Another Excellent Video Research Resource From the Internet Archive the Launched About One Year Ago

See Also: The C-SPAN Video Library is another resource to know about and use. It currently offers keyword searchable access to nearly than 228,000 hours of video that has aired on all of C-SPAN’s networks. Video can be viewed online. The C-SPAN Video Library is a free resource.


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.