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VHS, 1954 - 2006, bulk: 1995 - 2002

Identifier: AV/6

Scope and Contents

The video cassettes were found labeled with titles and most with dates. A small number were devoid of title and date. They were unsorted and most did not have title numbers (see Hi-8s). However, a previous archivist catalogued one group of primarily VHS (a few S-VHS). This list was cross checked and discrepancies and missing cassettes noted. More than 50% (approximately 420 out of 725) of the cassettes on this list were missing. The processing archivist created two additional lists: a list of tapes labeled “Master” (38 tapes) and a second list organized by date (290 tapes).


  • 1954 - 2006
  • Majority of material found within 1995 - 2002

Language of Materials

From the Collection:


Restrictions and License

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available in full at CSHL Archives thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021. Some restrictions apply, see Archivist for details. Access is given only by appointment, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Metadata content of this collection, created by CSHL Archives, is released under the CC BY-NC license.


633 Cassettes

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The Video Home System (better known by its abbreviation VHS) is a consumer-level analog recording videotape-based cassette standard developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC). In 1987 JVC introduced a new format called Super VHS which extended the bandwidth to over 5 megahertz. A separate apparatus is needed to view Super VHS. Super VHS (S-VHS) are noted on the processing spreadsheet.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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