Historical coverage in the collection ranges from the early history of Native Americans to the 1988 Vicennes Affair in the Persian Gulf. Biographical coverage ranges from eighteenth century to modern day figures.
Types of video footage included:
- Documentaries from key partners
- Newsreels, both government and commercial
- Public affairs video
- Archival footage
Specially developed controlled vocabularies let users browse video by historical era and event, year, people (in a variety of roles), place, and subject.