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Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Discontinued due to FY16 budget cuts. A catalog of news broadcasts.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive holds more
900,000 individual network evening news
broadcasts. The
database includes nightly news programs broadcast
by the
national television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC)
and a daily
news program from CNN. Abstracts of each story
within a
regular news program are fully searchable.
Regular programs in
the collection include:
• ABC Evening News: August 5, 1968 -
• CBS Evening News: August 5, 1968 -
• NBC Evening News: August 5, 1968 -
• CNN WorldView: October 2, 1995 - November
3, 2000
• CNN Wolf Blitzer Reports: February 1,
2001 - December 31,
• CNN NewsNight: November 5, 2001 - Present
• ABC Nightline: March 24, 1980 - September
12, 1988
Occasional Coverage
• ABC Nightline: September 12, 1988 -
Comprehensive Coverage

The Archive's collection also includes news
coverage of
significant events broadcast outside the scope of
the regular
evening news programs with a focus on the U.S.
politics, including political conventions;
election coverage; and
Presidential speeches and press conferences. The
Special Reports
collection also includes coverage of major
national and world
events and major military conflicts involving the
United States.
Abstracts are not available for items within the
collection of
Specials, but catalog records generally include a
listing of the
events and people mentioned in the program. Some
of the major
items in the collection of Special Reports
• Each Republican and Democratic political
convention since
1968 and corresponding election coverage
• Each televised State of the Union Address
since 1968
• Most major speeches given by U.S.
Presidents since 1968
• Presidential news conferences
• Coverage of the American hostage crisis
in Iran
• Coverage of the Persian Gulf War
• Coverage of Watergate
• Coverage of the terrorist attack on the
United States on
September 11, 2001
• Coverage of the War in Afghanistan
• Coverage of the War in Iraq
Local news programs and news magazine programs
like 60
Minutes and 20/20 are not included.
In addition to keyword searching and browsing by
date, the
advanced searching includes the option to limit
by network, date,
reporter, and program type.
Videotape copies of programs can be requested for
a fee.

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