09 April 2015
Local Radio and Television Records from Public Media Stations Across the Country To Be Made Available to the Public
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, launched a new website at americanarchive.org today, providing the public with access to a collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. These audio and video materials, created by more than 120 public broadcasting organizations across the country, have now been digitized and preserved, and will be a resource for scholars, researchers, educators, filmmakers and the general public to delve into the rich history of public broadcasting across America.
The website will initially provide access to 2.5 million inventory records created during the American Archive Content Inventory Project. The records will provide information about which public media video and audio materials have been digitized and preserved in the AAPB, indicate which video and audio files are available for research on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress, and highlight the participating stations. Contributing stations’ histories, information about significant productions and resources for participating organizations will be available online...
You can read the entire news release here.
When you perform a search you will see the notice “Please note: Media will not be available for research on the website until October 2015. Click here for information about researching the collection at the Library of Congress or WGBH.”
Public radio and television are such an intrinsic part of our lives and have and continue to capture our rich history! Whether you are seeking historical context or have a family member who was a broadcaster or the basis for a story, I imagine there are some really neat gems to be found in this collection.
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