American History in Video

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American History in Video allows students and researchers to analyze historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries. Sources include PBS, WGBH Boston, The History Channel, and the National Archives. All of the films include full-text transcripts.

The database allows keyword searching within full text, as well as within numerous indexes such as speaker, place, and historical event.


"Help" is available via a link in the menu bar at the top of every screen.

User tools and features

  • Playlists can be created and shared.
  • Instructors can create their own video clips for use in teaching.
  • Selected content can be sent to a mobile device.
  • Permalinks are provided for embedding on other sites.
  • RSS feeds.

Dates covered

Videos cover historical periods from 1492 to 2001.

Updating frequency



Newsreels, documentaries, archival footage.

Type of coverage

Streaming video and transcripts.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Some titles are also held in other formats by the Media Library. Search QuickSearch by title if you require a hard copy.

Producer/content provider


Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Alexander Street Press