University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alternative Views Video Collection, 1978-1998



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Alternative Views
Title: Alternative Views Video Collection
Dates: 1978-1998
Abstract: Videocassettes, financial records, correspondence, programming materials, articles of incorporation, and by-laws comprise the Alternative Views Video Collection (1978-1998), which documents the operations of the Austin, Texas, public affairs program.
Accession No.: 2000-35; 2000-247
Extent: 59 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Alternative Views was a sixty minute public affairs program cablecast twice weekly on Austin Community Television, Austin, Texas, between 1978 and 1998. Produced by Douglas Kellner, a University of Texas philosophy professor and Frank Morrow, the program grew out of a 1977 media study group designed to examine distortion and censorship in the media. As a result, Alternative Views sought to present issues ignored by conventional media. Topics addressed in the programs include: alternative energy sources, the CIA, civil liberties, international politics, labor unions, the effects of multinational corporations, poverty, pornography and violence towards women, racism, and U.S. foreign policy. Alternative Views also investigated local issues such as Austin politics, urban development and the University of Texas. International topics include interviews with former political prisoners from Chile, Iran, and Argentina, survivors of the Nagasaki bombing, and returned travelers from Cuba, Vietnam, El Salvador, Jamaica, Grenada, Nicaragua, Iran, South Africa, and Central Africa. Notable guests to the program were: anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott; former U.S. attorney General Ramsey Clark; film director Edward Dmytryk; Jim Hightower; civil rights lawyer William Kunstler; biologist George Wald; and former U. S. Senator Ralph Yarborough.


Scope and Contents

Videocassettes, financial records, correspondence, programming materials, articles of incorporation, and by-laws comprise the Alternative Views Video Collection (1978-1998), which documents the operations of the Austin, Texas, public affairs program. The collection primarily consists of 574 sixty-minute 3/4 " videocassette recordings arranged chronologically according to their date of exhibition. Those programs beginning with a twenty minute news segment are labeled with an (N), while those with information pertaining to the CIA are labeled with a (C). Furthermore, the collection contains operating records for the program.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Morrow, Frank.
Kellner, Douglas, 1943-
Caldicott, Helen
Clark, Ramsey, 1927-
Dmytryk, Edward.
Hightower, Jim, 1943-
Kunstler, William M. (William Moses), 1919-1995.
Wald, George
Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996.
Subjects (Organizations)
Alternative views (Television program)--Archives.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency.
Subjects
Political science--United States.
Renewable energy sources.
Civil rights--America.
World politics.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alternative Views Video Collection, 1978-1998, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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