Julian P.Kanter Political Commercial Archive


Originally founded in 1956 by private collector, Julian P. Kanter then purchased by the University of Oklahoma in 1985, the archive collects and preserves an ever-increasing number of political commercials and related materials.



The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive is committed to the preservation of historical materials illustrative of political discourse, making them available for academic and professional use.

  • Largest most comprehensive collection of political advertising in the world
  • More than 90,000 commercials
  • Television spots back to 1950
  • Radio spots back to 1936
  • Operates with the endorsements from:
        The National Archives 
        The Library of Congress
        The American Film Institute
        The American Association of Advertising Agencies
        The Republican and Democratic National Committees
        The American Association of Political Consultants    
  • Designated an official project by Save America's Treasures
  • Committed to contributing to the analysis of political communication
  • Local, national and international political candidates, public issues and ballot initiatives
  • Many one-of-a-kind copies no longer available through any other source
  • All high quality digital material