About the Archive of American Television
Founded in 1997, the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television has conducted over 800 oral history interviews (over 4000 hours) with the legends of television. These interviews chronicle the birth and growth of American TV History as it evolves, and make the interviews available worldwide. The Archive continues to produce new interviews every year. The collection covers a variety of professions, genres, and topics in electronic media history.
The interviews are done in a life-history format, starting with the interviewees’ early years and influences. The interview then moves into their major television work, and concludes with the interviewee’s thoughts about his or her craft, as well as advice to aspiring professionals. The interviews are presented uncut and unscripted.