American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH Media Library and Archives. From the site, “The AAPB website provides the general public with access to the AAPB Online Reading Room, where users can screen or listen to digitized materials that the AAPB has made available for research, educational and informational purposes. It also includes a database of the entire AAPB digitized collection, which currently includes 68,000 items (40,000 hours), and 2.5 million metadata recordings that describe items which have not yet been digitized.” Many historic programs of publicly funded radio and television across America are available on the website. They can be watched or listened to on the site.

The easiest way to search the website is to use the Google-like search box. Once the results are brought up, you can limit your search on the left side by genre, media type, topic, year, and other subjects. Many of the shows are copyrighted. For reuse for educational or research purposes, the contributing organization may need to be contacted.

Curated exhibits are also available on the site. These feature content on different topics of historical significance.