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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex Studies: Television News Archives

  TV News Archives


Vanderbilt is home to the TV News Archives, the world's most extensive and complete archive of tv news, including tv news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968. It includes items from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News, as well as news content from specials.

You can search the TV News Archives via their website or DiscoverLibrary. The footage can be viewed within the Central Library or at the TV News Archives office at 110 21st Ave. S., Suite 704.

Background Information


Use an article or web site to identify trends and events that affected the development of your topic, so that you can search for them in the Television News Archive database. For example, you may find a timeline: 

The American Gay Rights Movement - InfoPlease

Search Tips

At the TV News Archive home page, click on "Advanced" Search (located directly below the search box). The computer searches in both the title and abstract.

On the Advanced Search page, right under the search box, you will see three options, "Word search", "Phrase Search", and "Boolean". Use the "Word Search". You can limit your search to a specific date range. This can be helpful when comparing the news from different decades.

Word Search:

The "Word Search" is the default advanced search and is usually the one you should use. In a word search, the computer matches only the items that have all the words in either the title or abstract, but the words do not have to be next to each other. The word search gay marriage returned 440 items. (Look at abstract in the record for Congress/Same Sex Marriage, NBC Evening News for Thursday, July 11, 1996)

Other Searches:

Phrase Search: In the "Phrase Search", the computer matches only the items that have the words together in either the title or abstract. The phrase search gay marriage returned 339 items. (Look at any record)

Boolean Search: Do NOT enter just gay marriage for a Boolean search. The default Boolean operator is 'or', so the computer returned 4505 items. Add a + (plus) in front of each word that must appear in the results. The Boolean search +gay +marriage returned 440 items (the same as the word search).

List of News Clips

Click below to find a list of more than 40 selected news clips identified through various TNA searches related to gay rights. It covers news stories from 1974 through 2010 about gay rights, including gay marriage and gays in the military, court cases, Presidential actions, Anita Bryant, and related topics.