TV’s Lost & Found
Believe it or not, much of our television history no longer exists. In some cases, especially with early live television, the programs were never recorded and thus not preserved for future generations. Other programs were recorded, either on film or videotape, only to later be destroyed, erased for reuse or misplaced. Fortunately, some programs have been rediscovered over the years, sometimes in the hands of private collectors but also in archives and libraries where they were mislabeled or simply forgotten.
I’ve written about “lost” and “missing” television quite a bit over the past few years and you can find all my posts on the subject here. I’ve also compiled a number of status guides for a variety of programs, listing which episodes are known to exist, and you can find those here.The following articles cover a variety of topics relating to “lost” and “missing” television programs.
My argument for making a clear distinction between “lost” and “missing” television programs and why it is important to focus more on the latter.
A brief look at several important institutions with large collections of television programs, including the Library of Congress, The Paley Center for Media and UCLA’s Film & Television Archive.
Robert Shagawat has conducted extensive research into the earliest kinescope recordings of live television in the United States. This comprehensive article also covers existing audio recordings and early European recordings.
A list of some of my most wanted television programs and specials. Can you help find them?