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Film, Video The story of television

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About this Item


  • The story of television


  • Discusses research conducted by the Radio Corporation of America which led to the development of both black-and-white and color television. Traces the history of television broadcasting by the National Broadcasting Company. Includes animated sequences showing the operation of television cameras, transmitters, and receiving sets.


  • Sarnoff, David, 1891-1971, onscreen participant
  • Zworykin, V. K. (Vladimir Kosma), 1889-1982, onscreen participant
  • William J. Ganz Company, production company
  • Radio Corporation of America, sponsor, copyright claimant
  • Institute of Visual Training, Inc., film distributor
  • Copyright Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : [Institute of Visual Training, Inc.], 1956.


  • -  Radio Corporation of America
  • -  National Broadcasting Company
  • -  Television--History
  • -  Television broadcasting--United States--History


  • Short films
  • Sponsored films
  • Documentary films
  • Live action/animation films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  MP7482 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Radio Corp. of America; 20Jun56; MP7482.
  • -  Method of distribution varies in sources. May also have been televised.
  • -  Appearing: David Sarnoff, Dr. Vladimir Zworykin.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1950-1959, p. 325; MI Film and Television catalog card; Prelinger, R. The field guide to sponsored films, 2006, p. 86 viewed online October 30, 2023 via Internet Archive; The English Journal, Vol. 46, No. 6, p. 349, viewed online October 30, 2023 via JSTOR; National union catalog, motion pictures and filmstrips, 1953-1957, 1961, p. 791.


  • viewing print 3 film reels of 3 on 1 (approximately 27 min., approximately 972 ft.) : sd., b&w and color ; 16 mm.
  • 1 video file (digital) (approximately 27 min.) : sd., b&w and color.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FBA 3910 (viewing print)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2023600643

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Sarnoff, David, Onscreen Participant, V. K Zworykin, Sponsor Radio Corporation Of America, Inc Institute Of Visual Training, and Copyright Collection. The Story of Television. produceds by William J. Ganz Companyuction Company [United States: Institute of Visual Training, Inc, 1956] Video.

APA citation style:

Sarnoff, D., Zworykin, V. K., Radio Corporation Of America, S., Institute Of Visual Training, I. & Copyright Collection. (1956) The Story of Television. William J. Ganz Companyuction Company, prod [United States: Institute of Visual Training, Inc] [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Sarnoff, David, Onscreen Participant, et al. The Story of Television. prod by William J. Ganz Companyuction Company [United States: Institute of Visual Training, Inc, 1956] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.