About Us | Alexander Street

About Us

Alexander Street publishes curated, discipline-focused, primary-source collections, websites, and streaming media for learning and research. We’re passionate about creating landmark online resources that help scholars and students discover and learn.

Our projects deliver previously unavailable content in ways that further research and learning. Working closely with faculty, librarians, archives, and publishers, we develop our databases to the highest academic standards. We painstakingly secure copyrights, digitize the content, index the materials meticulously using semantic fields, add supporting reference and contextual material, and then publish the resulting collections on our award-winning online platform.  

Our mission is to “make silent voices heard.”

Whether it’s previously unseen plays by Pulitzer Prize winners, the first available full run of an important publication such as The Black Panther Party Newspaper, or otherwise inaccessible historical archives, we love bringing otherwise “silent” and hidden gems to scholars and students. We’ve received dozens and dozens of “BEST” awards from industry publications (Library Journal and others for numerous projects in all our disciplines); organizations (e.g., History News Network for North American Women's Letters and Diaries); evaluation groups (The Charleston Advisor’s various awards); and industry watchers (e.g., EContent 100: The Companies that Matter Most in the Digital Content Industry).

We’re the world’s leading provider of academic streaming media to libraries. Our streaming video products range from exclusive, must-have titles (such as the Stanley Milgram video series and 60 MINUTES) to what’s become largest library-oriented video database in the world, Academic Video Online: Premium. We’ve partnered with top video producers around the world to deliver more than 60,000 video titles across all disciplines—and the list continues to grow—all running on the same high-functionality platform, with on-demand pricing, subscription options, and the ability to purchase perpetual rights to most of the content. We’ve made it easy for video to be part of the curriculum, by providing users with synchronously scrolling transcripts, indexing, clip-making, custom playlists, social media functionality, and other tools.

We’re particularly strong in the fields of counseling, anthropology, history, diversity studies, theatre, film, music, dance, news, current affairs, and the social sciences. In music and dance we provide more than 10 million streaming audio tracks, 1.3 million pages scores, and thousands of video performances, together with reference materials and primary sources.  

From our founding in 2000, we’ve had a strong record of innovation.  We were the first company to provide streaming audio and streaming video to libraries. We created the first full-text, authorized databases of in-copyright film scripts, of full-text of underground comics and graphic novels, and many other firsts. 

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside of Washington DC, we also have offices in New York City, Reading (UK), Shanghai, Brisbane, and Singapore.