How to Obtain Copies of Videotapes of Proceedings of Congress and Network and Cable Television Broadcasts

95-728 C Updated December 18, 1996 Received through the CRS Web How to Obtain Copies of Videotapes of Proceedings of Congress and Network and Cable Television Broadcasts Michelle M. Springer Information Research Specialist Updated by Treva Turner Senior Research Librarian Congressional Reference Division FOR CONGRESSIONAL USE ONLY SUMMARY The following information has been compiled in response to numerous requests made by congressional offices for videotape copies of congressional proceedings and programs from network or cable television. Most audiovisual materials that are deposited at the Library of Congress are under copyright restrictions which prohibit loan or duplication (even for Members of Congress). If viewing a program is all that is required, congressional staff may wish to contact the reference staff of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division at 7-8572 to see if a program is in the Library’s collection and make an appointment to see it. Videos in the Library’s collection can only be viewed during Motion Picture Reading Room hours (8:30 - 5:00 M-F), and appointments must be made in advance. (Note: Offices that have access to the Library’s online catalog may search Library audiovisual holdings in MUMS using the ;file=av command. However, not locating a program in MUMS does not mean the Library does not have it. Again, check with reference staff of the MBRS Division at 78572.) U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS House and Senate Recording Studios House offices may order copies of any House floor proceedings (note: this means no hearings) from the last 60 days from House Records and Registration (5-1300). Senate floor proceedings from the last 30 days are available from the Senate Recording Studio (4-3788). Office accounts will be charged the processing fees. Library of Congress The MBRS Division receives the master videotapes of the House and Senate floor proceedings. Holdings for the House begin January 23, 1983; holdings for the Senate Congressional Research Service · The Library of Congress CRS-2 begin May 5, 1986. There is a 4 to 10 month lag before tapes are received. Once received, it takes 3 to 6 weeks to produce viewing copies from the master. To view the tapes, call 7-8572 and make an appointment (note: access is by date only). To purchase a copy, call 7-0246 or 7-5623 (Public Services Office, MBRS). The requester must supply a marked photocopy of the pages from the Congressional Record indicating the exact segment desired. He must also sign an agreement that the selections will not be used for political or commercial purposes. PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES For copies of presidential addresses to the nation or to Congress, check with Doug Thurman in the National Archives’ Office of Presidential Libraries, (202) 501-5705. NETWORK AND CABLE NEWS PROGRAMS The Senate Recording Studio tapes major news broadcasts and weekend news programs and keeps them for 30 days. They will make copies on request for Senate offices (4-3788). This service is not provided by the House Recording Studio. To order a tape from the Senate Recording Studio, House staff must make the request through a Senate office. Office accounts are charged a nominal fee for the service. The MBRS Division at the Library does very selective taping of WETA (PBS) programming (e.g., public affairs specials, occasional Frontline programs). Check with the reference staff to see if they taped a particular program. In the past, some news agencies deposited copies of their broadcasts with the Library for copyright purposes. Currently, there is little copyright deposit of news broadcasts with the Library. Again, check with MBRS reference staff for Library holdings. Other possible sources are listed below: Program Distributor and Telephone Numbers ABC News (ABC) 1-800-913-3434 CBS Sunday (CBS) 1-800-848-3256 CBS This Morning (CBS) 1-800-848-3256 Charlie Rose (Journal Graphics) 1-800-825-5746 CNN (CNN) 1-800-277-2698 (Journal Graphics) 1-800-825-5746 C-SPAN* (C-SPAN) 1-202-626-7963 David Frost (Journal Graphics) 1-800-825-5746 48 Hours (CBS) 1-800-338-4847 CRS-3 Fox News Service (Freelance Video) 1-202-362-6535 Frontline (PBS) 1-800-328-7271 (Journal Graphics) 1-800-825-5746 Good Morning America (ABC) 1-212-456-7777 Written requests only Lehrer News Hour (PBS) 1-800-328-7271 NBC News (NBC) 1-212-664-6213 Written requests only Nightline (ABC) 1-800-ABC-9420 Nova (PBS) 1-800-328-7271 Primetime Live (ABC) 1-800-913-3434 60 Minutes (CBS) 1-800-848-3256 20/20 (ABC) 1-800-913-3434 Turning Point (ABC) 1-800-913-3434 * Public Affairs Video Archives at Purdue University records archives, and indexes all C-SPAN programs. Programs aired since 1987 can be obtained from: Public Affairs Video Archives, Purdue University, 1000 Liberal Arts & Education Bldg., West Lafayette, IN 47907-1000. Phone 1-800-CSPAN98 1-800-277-2698 FAX: 1-317-423-4495 Another source for news programs is the Vanderbilt Television News Archive at Vanderbilt University, which began recording news programs in 1968. It makes tapes of "hard" news shows available usually within 24 hours of airing. These are available on loan only for a fee, and the typical loan period is 45 days. Additional information can be obtained through their e-mail site at or by writing or calling: Television News Archive Vanderbilt University 110 21st Avenue South, Suite 704 Nashville, Tennessee 37203 Phone: 615-322-2927 Fax: 615-343-8250 Internet: CRS-4 Addresses: ABC News P.O. Box 2284 South Burlington, VT 05407 C-SPAN Viewer Services 400 North Capitol Street, NW Suite 650 Washington, DC 20001 CBS Video P.O. Box 2284 South Burlington, VT 05407 Freelance Video 4000 Albemarle Street, NW Suite 406 Washington, DC 20016 Good Morning America 147 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10023 Journal Graphics 1535 Grant Street Denver, CO 80203 NBC News Video Archive Room 902 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112 PBS Video 1320 Braddock Place Alexandria, VA 22314-1698