East Hampton is an extraordinary town.  One of the oldest and most historic in America, a famous colony for artists and writers, a place of exceptional beauty, renowned in summer for its beaches and high end real estate yet still a year round home to fishing and farming families, Native Americans and independently minded “ex-pats” from the city.


The LTV Archives reflects it all with more than 25,000 shows taped by and for our viewers since 1980 when the first show Save Our Beaches was logged into the library.  We also collect vintage film on local life that pre-dates LTV, the earliest from 1927.  


In our collection, you can see the meticulous restoration of a windmill, visit the studios of dozens of well-known artists, witness haulseining and trap fishing by 10th-generation local fishermen, listen to talks by local historians and nationally acclaimed writers, hear the stories behind the landmarks and experience over thirty years of debate on the environmental and political hot topics of our changing town. 


This archive is primarily a community effort - a living voice of a historic and iconic place and its people.


Researchers, documentarians, family historians -- send an email to for more information on the LTV Archive.

Montauk In the 1920’s -- A fascinating oral history of the Carl Fisher days in Montauk remembered by local residents.  1996
Writers At Guild Hall: Dancing With Darwin – Introduced by Robert Long, poet Philip Appleman shares his substantial knowledge of Charles Darwin at the John Drew Theater in 2001
The  Baymen’s Hour – Beset by increasing limitations to their fishing rights, local baymen present their case on striped bass legislation against the backdrop of haul seining and trap fishing on local waters. 1985
Meet Your Neighbor, Neighbor.  Host Jeffrey Potter interviews famed sculptor Philip Pavia on location at his studio in Springs.  1989.
Town Board Special Meeting: Open Space.  1998.  Cathy Lester is Town Supervisor and the subject of “Saving what’s left”  is the hot topic of the day.
An Inside Look – this on-going student produced show from Bonac Broadcasting, highlights the science department and the work of East Hampton High School’s Intel-Project winner. 2002
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