The RTV Archives and Documentation Service contains recordings of radio and television programmes produced by Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), plus documentation dating back to the establishment of Radio Ljubljana in 1928. The archive and documentation service has been collecting the material since its inception in 1958 – the year of the first regular television broadcasting at Televizija Slovenija.
Documentation and archive overview
The audio holdings (mostly from the period since 1945) include 180,000 audio tapes, 25,000 gramophone records, and 7,500 CDs; whilst visual holdings (mostly from the period since 1958) comprise 90,000 video tapes, 20,000,000 metres of film (mostly 16mm format), 330,000 photos, and 130,000 files of textual documents relating to the video material.
Written application is required for access to the archive and fees are levied for using the facility. The archives and its holdings are constantly updated. Catalogues are computerised and reproductions can be made in the documentation service by the user. Culture-related subjects include dramatic theatre, opera, operetta/musical, ballet/dance. pantomime/mime, children's theatre, puppet theatre, cabaret, amateur theatre, cinema, radio/TV, music/music performance and public celebrations. Some recent audio-video material has been digitalised and can be found on the RTV-SLO website.
The RTV Slovenia archives also participated in the international project EUScreen funded by the European Commission. The EUscreen.eu portal gives users access to television content in 19 languages and brings together over a century of film and television content covering a variety of topics from sports, music, fashion, cooking, culture, and more.