Alexander Street and A&E Television Networks Launch Online Collection

Apr 14, 2009

Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press and A&E Television Networks (AETN) have announced the release of American History in Video, a new online resource designed to meet the needs of American history instructors and researchers at the college and university level with what will grow to be more than 5,000 cross-searchable titles in streaming video. The collection will include hundreds of documentaries from the HISTORY, BIO, and A&E Network library, and will be the only online source for the complete series of both United News and Universal Newsreel. It will also contain a wide range of other rare archival and contemporaneous film. Technical features built into American History in Video include synchronized, searchable transcripts for every minute of footage; visual tables of contents that let the user quickly scan the content of each video; clip-making and sharing tools; permanent URLs that let users cite and share video of any length down to a second; an embeddable video player that lets libraries and instructors deliver video content to other users on secure website pages or via classroom sites; and playlists that let users organize clips and include links to any content (video or text) anywhere on the web.