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Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Collection

 Collection — ColdStorage: 1
Identifier: PCC-KANTER
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Collection (PCC) is currently stored in the archives of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center’s Congressional and Political Collections. The Carl Albert Center, founded in 1979, is one of the leading congressional archives in the country with over 60 member collections. The PCC is the largest collection of political commercials in the world and the only comprehensive collection that covers all levels of political campaigning from Presidential elections to ballot initiatives. Containing approximately 120,000 film, audio, and videotape recordings of political commercials aired between 1912 and the present, the Collection is an exceptional and unique historical resource.

The collection has television spots, commercials, short clips. ) : Each item within this collections falls under the following categories: 16mm film reels, VHS videotape, 3/4" U-Matic videotape, 1" and 2" tap, Beta SP, Betamax, Mini DV, DVD, and born digital video formats.

There are use terms, fees, and restrictions applicable to this collection. VISIT -


  • Broadcast: 1912-2016


120,484 Items (Moving Image Ads account for 99,259 @ 5.66 TB current digital files with 1708 missing files on multiple locations (see Repository Notes). Radio Ads will account for 22,289 ads ) : 1/2" videotape 1" videoptape 2" videoptape 3/4" videoptape 16mm film 35mm film VHS videotape DVD - Optical Media Digital Download (Internet) Digital Download (live capture) Betacam SP videotape

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Digital Processing Information

Digital Collection Processing Information:

2004 - The original digital files were created (2004) by The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive with the award from the Save America's Treasures grant by the U.S. Department of Interior/National Park Servicein November, 2003."The purpose of the 'Preserving the Heritage and History of Televised Political Campaign Advertising' project was to ensure future access to the approximately 70,000 cataloged political commercials by re-formatting these materials to DVD-video." -- Project Leader was Lewis Mazanti, Archivist and Lisa Henry, Archivist/Curator

2022-2025 - The National Science Foundation awarded the Carl Albert Center Archives, Harvard University, and Purdue University, funding to support re-digitization, arrangement, re-housing, and preservation of master or analog items. The project will account for over 100,000 political ads from 1912-2016, the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Collection archived at the University of Oklahoma, to develop (1) an automated system to identify issue (and other politically relevant) content from ad image, audio, and text and (2) a state-of-the-art user interface that gives researchers the ability to query, interact with and view videos, and also output data for analysis. Project Leader is JA Pryse, Senior Archivist III
Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Collection
Pryse, JA
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Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States