New Website Brings More Than Fifty Years of American Broadcasting to Public

The Library of Congress and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) recently launched a new website (http://americanarchive.org) to provide access to a large collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress, WGBH Boston and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The newly digitized resources “include interviews and performances by local and national luminaries from a broad variety of professions and cultural genres.” Scholars, researchers, students, filmmakers, educators and the general public will have access to the content created by more than 120 American broadcasting organizations.

Initially the website will provide access to 2.5 million inventory records, but by October users will be able to stream content via the site’s Online Reading Room. Staff and scholars will curate special collections that focus on topics of historical significance.