The site offers access to over 70 years of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programming. Supported and funded by the Canadian Culture Online program (Department of Canadian Heritage), it contains thousands of historic radio and television clips as well as full-length programming featuring notable personalities such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Malcolm X, Woody Allen, and Glenn Gould.
Originally acquired by the University of Texas as a donation by Mike Wallace in the early 1960’s, this collection contains 16mm kinescope film recordings of over 60 interviews. Now keyword searchable, this rich-media database will be continually updated and enhanced.
The purpose of the MIA is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. The site includes texts, audio, moving images, software, as well as archived web pages. Of particular interest to film researchers is the Prelinger Archives, which feature educational / ephemeral films from earlier eras that often provide a unique window to the viewpoints and common attitudes of their time.
This is a unique web resource for users interested in capturing early sound bites from radio shows in the 1940s through the 1960s. It is dubbed as a source “for the history of nostalgic and old time radio series and news.”