By: Renee Grant
An incredible archive of episodes of the Dick Cavett show has been released to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The late-night talk series ran from 1969 to 1975 and the archive features over 2,000 hours of programs.
While Cavett’s staff was in the process of digitizing the program episodes, the Library of Congress approached him to release the collection. Prior to this release, the episodes were unavailable for viewing anywhere else.
“Dick Cavett turned interviewing into an art form,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden via press release. “He could talk to anyone, and his ability to listen and make the fascinating people who sat across from him more relatable guaranteed his place in television history.”
“I still have to convince myself that I actually interviewed and knew all of those incredible people,” says Cavett. “Looking at the archive of my shows now is simply overwhelming for me. I’m thrilled that the Library of Congress will be the permanent repository for the collection. When I see one of the old shows now, my first thought is ‘What is that starstruck kid from Nebraska doing with whoever the genius of the moment happened to be.'”
Among the icons Cavett interviewed on his legendary talk show were Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, and many more.
Tapes can be viewed in the reading room of the library’s Motion Picture and television division.