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MS 106.4 Audiovisual Materials 1972-2001 73 boxes and 63 reels

Records in this group encompass Cohen's career in the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate and the Department of Defense. Included here are 755 videocassette recordings of Cohen's speeches, television interviews, his own radio and television broadcasts, and his statements from the floor of the House and the Senate. Also included are 16 mm. film reels, audiocassette tapes, reel-to-reel tapes and early videotape formats, created to communicate information about Cohen and the issues and events with which he was involved. Original film, video and audio elements used to create election campaign advertisements form the core of the collections, while the majority of the VHS tapes are reference copies documenting his activities in other broadcast venues.

The audiovisual materials are divided into three series by format and arranged within each series by function. Film reels comprise approximately 65,000 ft. from 1972 to 1984 of silent and sound 16 mm. film as original shots for ads and completed television spots. Audio recordings on 12 cassettes and 63 reels from 1972 to 1992 reflect similar campaign material as well as some of Cohen's own radio broadcasts for constituents in Maine. Videotapes are grouped by format: 2-inch wide tapes are 21 reels of campaign ads from 1972 and 1978 with reference copies on DVD and VHS; 1-inch wide tapes (41) from 1983 to 1991, 3/4 in. wide Umatic (46) from 1974 to 2001, and Betacam tapes (57) from 1989 to 1999 are a combination of original campaign footage, news clips and duplication masters for campaign materials in film; and VHS tapes (755) are reference/viewing copies organized into categories such as campaign, speeches, hearings, interviews, news clips, floor statements and Department of Defense.

Videotape 1974-2001 21 reels

2-inch videotape 1974 and 1978 21 reels
2 inch videotape: Congressman Cohen (part 1) 23 Jan 1974 1 item
Film transfer of announcement for campaign for second term in House of Representatives; col., 2:15. Clip on announcement in last 1 min.
2 inch videotape: Congressman Cohen (part 2) 23 Jan 1974 1 item
Film transfer of announcement for campaign for second term in House of Representatives; col., 2:15. Clip on announcement in last 1 min.
2 inch videotape: Cohen for Senate 26 Sep 1978 1 item
Campaign spots. Clip is bakery.
2 inch videotape: Testimonial 60 and Bio 06 Jul 1978 to 05 Aug 1978 5:30
Testimonial 60 is 60 second campaign commercial with Maine people talking about Cohen; Bio is background on Cohen and his campaign including the walk, testimonials, office in Washington, background, Watergate, etc. Clip is walk section of ad.
2 inch videotape: Testimonial 60 and Bio 06 Jul 1978 to 05 Aug 1978 5:30
Copy 2: Testimonial 60 is 60 second campaign commercial with Maine people talking about Cohen; Bio is background on Cohen and his campaign including the walk, testimonials, office in Washington, background, Watergate, etc. Clip is Watergate section of ad.
2 inch videotape: Indian, Indian, Walk, Pay Raise, Testimonial 01 Jan 1978 3 min.
Campaign ads for Cohen in his run for the Senate including his position on the Indian Land Claims issue (compared to Hathaway), his campaign walk, the Congressional pay raise issue, and personal tesitmonials. Clip is Indian Land Claims issue.

VHS 1974-2001 755 cassettes

Campaign 1984-1991 16 cassettes
Cohen Retires 1996 13 cassettes
Crime, Violence, Drugs 1990-1996 9 cassettes
Defense 1988-2000 60 cassettes
Dept. of Defense 1997-2000 101 cassettes
Floor Statements, etc. 1987-2000 99 cassettes
Foreign Policy 1987-1995 9 cassettes
Health Care/Aging 1990-1996 48 cassettes
Interviews 1987-2000 53 cassettes
Maine 1993-1995 14 cassettes
Misc. 1989-2000 27 cassettes
News clips 1987-2000 200 cassettes
Other Politicians 1990-2000 25 cassettes
Prerecorded 1987-1992 22 cassettes
Public Appearances 1991-1998 10 cassettes
Senate Hearings etc. 1974-2000 31 cassettes


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